Harry Winston is a legendary name in the jewelry industry. Just his name conjures up images of large, beautiful diamonds.
Google a portrait of Harry Winston and the results will include images of precious stones and items of jewelry he designed. What you will not see are clear photos of the man himself. You will see his back to the camera, examining a necklace by the light of his office or seated at a desk with his head down. Sometimes he will appear in the shadows from afar.
It turns out, he had an ironclad clause in his business insurance policy that forbade him from showing his face to the public. The first time people really saw his face was when the New York Times ran a picture with his December 1978 obituary.
This interesting bit of weird jewelry trivia yielded a collection called Secrets by Harry Winston. The collection is not new, it has been out a couple of years but it is quite intriguing. Each piece poses a riddle only the wearer can solve. For example, one is a fully pavéed diamond pendant that is actually a perfume bottle, another opens to reveal a locket and several pieces have hidden clasps and detachable strands that let them magically transform. It turns out bracelets can multiply, necklaces turn into simple rivières or ornate medallions.
My favorite piece is a sapphire and diamond bracelet that appears to have a morse code message in it’s design. The design actually spells out the jeweler’s name.