An Afternoon with Boodles

Boodles Suite

Yesterday I paid a visit to a lovely suite at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto that was hosting a team from London-based fine jeweler Boodles. The company, which was founded in 1798 and is currently in the hands of the 6th generation of the family, has several retail locations in London, the greater UK and Ireland. Having found that a noticeable number of their customers were visitors from the United States and Canada, they decided to bring the store to them with stops in New York and Toronto.

Wearing the one-off 'Aurora' necklace.

Wearing the one-off ‘Aurora’ necklace.

I was thrilled to discover that the brand-new Aurora diamond suite had crossed the Atlantic to be here. Only one set has been (and will be) made of this stunning design that features multiple colors of square-cut diamonds. Subtle shades of yellow, pink, orange and greyish-green blend together to beautiful effect in these pieces inspired by the Northern Lights. I got goosebumps trying on the necklace! If you are interested, contact Boodles because once it’s gone, it’s gone.

The platinum 'Aurora' necklace set with 16.49 carats of colored diamonds.

The platinum ‘Aurora’ necklace set with 16.49 carats of colored diamonds.

The 'Aurora' earrings.

The ‘Aurora’ earrings.

The 'Aurora' ring.

The ‘Aurora’ ring.

The 'Aurora' bracelet.

The ‘Aurora’ bracelet.

I was also very happy to try on my favorite ring from the new Maymay collection. Tulips don’t really get their due when it comes to jewelry, so I certainly appreciate the design. I was also told that the Rose ring was the most popular in the series, followed by the Tulip.

The 'Tulip' ring from the Maymay Collection.

The ‘Tulip’ ring from the Maymay Collection.

The 'Rose' ring along with its newly introduced matching pendant and studs.

The ‘Rose’ ring along with its newly introduced matching pendant and studs.

Another piece that caught my eye was the Thrilliant Ashoka Tassel Pendant. The tassels on the end are actually detachable and the necklace is still stunning without them. Ashoka-cut diamonds are exclusive to Boodles in the UK and the linear facets lend well to these architecturally and deco-inspired pieces.

Pieces from the Ashoka Collection, including the Thrilliant Tassel Pendant on the bottom right-hand corner, draped over the matching earrings.

Pieces from the Ashoka Collection, including the Thrilliant Tassel Pendant on the bottom right-hand corner, draped over the matching earrings.

The 'Thrilliant Tassel Pendant'.

The ‘Thrilliant Tassel Pendant’.

My vote for most versatile piece would have to go to this necklace from the Raindance Collection. I can see how easily it could be worn with a white tee and jeans or a gown and be perfect for both occasions.

A necklace from the Raindance Collection.

A necklace from the Raindance Collection.

All in all it was a lovely time getting see both the established, signature collections and the stunning one-of-a-kinds in person. My Christmas wishlist just got a bit longer…

Boodles Latest Collection: Maymay

Boodles Maymay Jasmine

Jasmine

Boodles’ latest collection is a series of five rings called Maymay, to be released May 1 with a nod to the Chelsea Flower Show. While the ‘Jasmine’ is clearly the centerpiece, having been released last and featuring the only color of the collection with a yellow diamond, I think the ‘Tulip’ is actually the most interesting piece because the flower is often overlooked when it comes to jewelry.

Tulip

Tulip

Rose

Rose

Bluebell

Bluebell

Water Lily