Styles in Tubetto have long offered lovely and beautifully crafted side profile views of—what else?—tubes, set with diamonds. Shanks featured dozens of tiny tubes packed tightly together—as if miniscule scrolls of paper were glued together, side by side—and affixed to traditional shanks. All offered different views of the tube shape, without being so abstract or unusual-looking so as to confuse viewers or lose the simple beauty of the form.
The latest incarnation of Tubetto from Jack Hovsepian, Danhov’s president and designer, remains true to the shape yet offers a less diamond-intense design (a good move for the entry-level shopper). Hovsepian maintains that abstract imagery and concentric circles—think of droplets of water, or certain pieces of art by Wassily Kandinsky—inspire the new looks, 22 in all for ladies’ and men’s semi-mounts and wedding bands, but they remind me of Balinese dots.
What’s your take?
In 18k gold, suggested retail prices for semi-mounts (no center stone) start at $1,300.
New Tubetto for 2011, from left, in 18k white gold: semi-mount with 0.43 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,620; semi-mount with 0.61 ct. t.w. diamonds, $4,070; semi-mount with 0.50 ct. t.w. diamonds, $4,480; and wedding band, $940.
Original Tubetto design from Danhov