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Taking a cue from Dorothy’s powerful ruby slippers, jewelers and watchmakers are seeing red from Bulgari’s extravagant ruby and diamond necklace to Dior’s Christal watch set with bright red sapphire crystal inserts to classic garnet and diamond cufflinks from Stefano Ricci. Amid the deluge of somber gray and black fashions this winter, nothing gets noticed more than an eye-popping hit of fiery scarlet.


BULGARI Ruby and Diamond High Jewelry Necklace with nearly 185 carats of cabochon ruby beads and drops, and nine pear-shaped, rose-cut diamond drops, totaling more than 22 carats, price upon request,

PICCHIOTTI Unique Diamond ring set with calibrated buff-top rubies and a unique six-plus-carat cushion-cut diamond, $297,000,

STEFANO RICCI 18-karat white gold cufflinks with rhodolite garnets and diamonds, price upon request,

RICHARD MILLE RM 004-V2 Felipe Massa watch, $230,000, available through Westime,

DE GRISOGONO’s mismatched ruby and diamond briolette earrings, $195,000,

ROBERTO COIN Fantasia Flower Circle Pendant in 18-karat white gold with pink sapphires and diamonds, $12,800,

DIOR Christal quartz watch with red sapphire crystal inserts and diamonds, $4,950,

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Designers are pairing black and white with all the drama of a classic Hollywood movie. These high-contrast pieces employ onyx, jet, enamel, rubber, and diamonds for a stark graphic effect that feels both modern and retro at the same time. Cartier’s Hypnose collection entrances with spirals of diamonds and blackened white gold, while Sotheby’s Diamonds irreverently pairs precious white diamonds with casual black rubber. For those who prefer to keep it simple, it’s all here in black and white.


VALENTE MILANO white gold necklace with black and white diamonds, pearls, and jet, $34,584,

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS A Day In Paris enameled watch with mother-of-pearl inlay on a 24-hour rotating dial, $56,000,

TIFFANY & CO. black enamel and diamond Victorian bracelet set in 18-karat yellow gold and platinum, $90,000,

HERMÈS 18-karat white gold Arceau Pocket Moon Phases watch, $40,300,

SOTHEBY’S DIAMONDS diamond and rubber bracelet, $105,000,

AUDEMARS PIGUET Royal Oak Tuxedo cufflinks in 18-karat white gold, onyx, and diamonds, $8,040,

DAVID YURMAN black titanium ring with black diamonds, price upon request,

CARTIER Hypnose ring in white gold with a blackened finish and diamonds, $42,300,