March, 10 | Jewelry
Wine and gemstones: both unique and full of character | Photo: rpavich/Creative Commons

Fine wines are often deemed as precious, fascinating or otherworldly, much like the alluring and eternal gemstones. We brought together the world of wines and gems, and the result is perfect luxury and inspiration.

Just like a gemstone, every wine is unique. Each wine has its character, color, taste and uniqueness, and its production process is almost as complex and intricate as the formation of a mineral crystal.

Some fine wines are even more valuable and rare than certain precious and semi-precious minerals. If a crystal is formed on a particular kind of rock and its beauty is a result of different components, wine speaks of its terroir, specific climatic conditions and grape blends.

Another very simple aspect brings wines and gemstones together: the color and transparency of wine and the different tonalities and shapes of grapes often resemble certain transparent gemstones.

The color is not only important to determine the value of a gem. It is also a relevant aspect of wine, providing information about age and freshness.

Different in form, but similar at heart, gems and wines have more in common than first meets the eye. Discover some great wines and their respective gemstones.

The 2003 Chateau Latour is a special, opulent and full-bodied Bourdeaux wine with a perfect score of 100 attributed by Robert Parker in 2013. It is a very ripe wine with great freshness, with distinct notes of creme de cassis and camphor, and a touch of blackberries and chocolate.

Its deep dark ruby color is reminiscent of the fiery mystery of the namesake gem, much like the famously saturated pigeon-blood rubies from Myanmar.

2003 Chateau Latour and a Shay Fine Jewelry gold ruby ring

The stunning 2006 Vintage Dom Pérignon shows beautiful aromas of almond and powdered cocoa, which develop into white fruit with a touch of dried flowers. Classic toasted notes provide a rounded finish, and reveal the fully realized maturity of the wine.

This vintage's taste balances density and weightlessness, with a dark, tactile and chiseled precision, and its color and character evoque the sparkly beauty and perfection of a rare golden sapphire.

2004 Vintage Dom Pérignon and a Blue Nile yellow sapphire ring

Sherry de la Frontera of 1775 is the oldest bottle of sherry from the Massandra winery, in Crimea, and the most expensive sherry wine. It was sold at an auction in London in 2001 for $43,500. This sweet and old wine, with its tawny color, equals the organic, honey-like appearance and eternal character of amber.

Sherry de la Frontera of 1775 and a Monartti amber bracelet

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2010 Central Otago is an intense red wine produced "the European way". It shows an earthly depth with notes of dark plum, red cherries and graphite-like mineralogy, displaying a great length and musky tannins, with a sweet and spicy finish. The translucent deep, bright red of this wine evoques the rare beauty of red beryl.

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2010 Central Otago and red beryl

Pape Clément Blanc 1998 is an exquisite white Bordeaux wine which, like the 2003 Chateau Latour, reached a stellar score of 100, also attributed by Robert Parker, in 2012. This white has honeysuckle, tropical fruits, green apple, citrus fruits and floral aromas, excellent acidity and texture.

It is a full-bodied wine that finishes with well-rounded tannins and excellent freshness. Its attractively intense deep gold color, with green-gold hints, takes us to the freshness of a pure yellow diamond.

Pape Clément Blanc 2009 and a yellow diamond necklace from Tiffany & Co.

On a lighter note, 2014 Vidigal is a light, fresh young Vinho Verde from Portugal with a fruited aroma and hints of tropical fruits and flowers. It is slightly effervescent and sweet and pleasant in the mouth.

The light green color and transparency of peridot, a gem formed inside the earth's mantle, makes it the perfect match this citric colored wine with pale greenish tones born in a traditional region.

2014 Vidigal and a peridot from Piaget

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