• Michelle Johnson

Tempus 73: the king of diamonds Fawaz Gruosi returns to the wonderful world of high jewellery

Updated: Jun 14, 2021

The spring season is upon us and, despite the iffy weather, the world of fashion and jewellery is full of bright colours and summer style. In our new issue of Tempus Magazine, we dive into the world of Fawaz Gruosi – the former De Grisogono chief now launching his eponymous boutique in Mayfair – as well as Italian tailoring, supercar trends and expedition yachting.

Read my welcome letter in full, here:

"Welcome to this new edition of Tempus, with features full of the joys of spring and pages bursting with optimism. If we’re completely honest, it was coincidence that saw the timing of this issue meet so perfectly with the new easing of lockdown measures, and yet it was our unshakeable faith in the good days to come that guided our journey into the brands and personalities that fill this issue.

And here we are! Ready to enjoy the buzz of London’s hospitality as our favourite boutiques, restaurants and – just on the horizon – theatres throw open their doors once more. For so many of us, the opportunity to experience a world outside our bubbles is a welcome one (and we’re certainly not going to complain about a glamorous al fresco evening or two), but it’s also an opportunity to get back to ourselves, as we integrate the self-discoveries of a tumultuous year back into a more normal day-to-day.

The question, then, as the world of luxury fights to capture our reawakened desire for experience and adventure, is what do we want to take with us? For our cover star, Fawaz Gruosi – known as the king of diamonds and perhaps the most influential man in jewellery – the answer is very simple: our individuality.

Having recently launched his own eponymous boutique in Berkeley Square, Fawaz has lofty goals – he is determined to make precious amber as popular as he did black diamonds during his time at the helm of luxury high jewellery label de Grisogono – and says that his goal is always to do “something totally different” but that is still aligned with his “DNA”.

Fawaz’s focus on creating unique designs is mirrored in our investigation into the “secret services” offered by our favourite luxury brands, from champagne to fashion, who are meeting our desire for hyper-personalisation head on with exclusive members’ club-style experiences.

The travel world, too, has cottoned on to our need for individualisation, with savvy hotels offering everything from drastically new wellness programmes to work-from-anywhere facilities, so we can better mix business and pleasure. And, of course, the Covid-19-inspired health and wellbeing necessities that design legend Jean-Michel Gathy says will encourage a new wave of seamless architecture and design in the world’s best hotels.

Elsewhere, we speak to 21-year-old Le Mans champion Phil Hanson about what it takes to be a record breaker, explore the world of whisky with The Last Drop MD Rebecca Jago, and head online to check out the latest novelties from the second annual Watches & Wonders fair – before turning to the UK’s up-and-coming retail brands that will delight and inspire as stores reopen. With all this and more, we hope you enjoy the issue."