The creation of each piece of Harry Winston jewelry evolves from a singular desire to celebrate the individual beauty of each diamond and the individual style of each woman they adorn. Using pioneering techniques developed by the House’s master craftsmen and designers, extraordinary jewels are handcrafted in delicate platinum, and meticulously handset with only the highest quality diamonds and precious gemstones.
In establishing the company’s signature style, Mr. Winston introduced a new philosophy for fine jewelry design, in which jewels were defined by the gemstones themselves, and not the metal they were set in. This new vision for diamonds came to him one December night in the 1940s, when he returned home to his Scarsdale estate and was inspired by the way the fresh wintry snow glistened on a lush holly wreath hanging on his door. Noticing the way the wreath’s graceful dimensions and fluid curves were shaped not by the branches, but by the individual leaves, Mr. Winston began to envision a contemporary way to craft his jewels, allowing the diamonds to guide each design, rather than their settings.
This innovative idea lead to the development of the House’s signature technique, called clustering, in which different cuts of diamonds – round brilliant, pear, and marquise shapes – are set together at varying angles, creating highly dimensional pieces of jewelry that capture the light from all directions resulting in unparalleled sparkle.