To inaugurate its new high jewellery collection, Chaumet est une fête, the eponymous house from Place Vendôme organised a secret evening – on the eve of the opening of fashion week – at the Musée des arts forains in the Bercy district. It’s an amazing place that I can only recommend you to go and discover one day and that will amaze young and old alike. Above all, it was an ideal place to present a preview of an opus almost totally inspired by the festival and by some of the world’s great mythical stages such as La Scala in Milan or the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Pink gold and lacquer ring set with a 4.83-carat Mozambique cushion-cut pigeon’s blood ruby, six ruby cabochons of 1.99, 1.60, 1.26, 1.24, 1.17, and 0.96 carats, two 0.77- and 0.75-carat Mozambique square rubies, two 1.60-carat rhodolite troïdia garnets, round and baguette-cut rubies, and brilliant-cut diamonds Photo: Chaumet
White gold and yellow gold ring set with a 10.11 carat cushion-cut Ceylon Padparadscha sapphire, a 7.37 carat oval Ceylon violet sapphire, round Umba garnets, and pear and brilliant-cut champagne diamonds. Photo: Chaumet
The collection consists of four main chapters:
- Aria Passionata is a tribute to La Scala in Milan. Known for its imposing architecture, its red velvet and golds that adorn the hall, the set comes in rose gold, rubies and garnets as well as lacquer, pink to red tourmalines and onyx. It is an opulent, even incandescent, ensemble that the house offers. It is worth noting the remarkable work of cutting and adjusting the work of the lapidary craftsmen who participated in the creation of these pieces, as the result is quite impressive.
Convertible pink gold and lacquer necklace set with three oval rhodolite garnets of 16.28, 14.25 and 10.96 carats, three ruby cabochons of 6.25, 4.89 and 3.15 carats, rhodolite garnet motifs, baguette rubies, ruby and onyx pearls, and brilliant-cut diamonds. Photo: Chaumet
- With Pastorale Anglaise, the house has set the pieces in the famous Glyndebourne festival where English high society meets to listen to operas but above all to lunch on the grass in the park of the Elizabethan mansion that hosts it. In fact, it was a magnificent drawing from the company’s archives that guided the collection. A bow brooch inspired by traditional Scottish tartans, dating back to 1900, guided the creative team who re-edited the brooch with a few modifications. In addition, they have created original pieces, creating a particularly impressive set where the colours clash joyfully and from which emeralds of exceptional quality emerge from Muzo. Heavy weight, perfect colour saturation and no oil: the combination is perfect and this set is definitely one of my favourites of the fashion week.
Drawing of the bow brooch made in 1900. Photo: Chaumet
White gold, yellow gold and lacquer ring, set with an 11.74-carat cushion-cut Colombian emerald, round emeralds and rubies, baguette sapphires and yellow sapphires, and brilliant-cut diamonds. Photo : Chaumet
- Rhapsodie Transatlantique delighted me with the house’s stone choices. I’m always happy to see houses using gems such as atypical tourmalines, chrysoberyls or garnets on high jewellery sets. Even though this trend is now well established in the creative departments, I am always delighted to discover these stones during presentations. It is a rather surprising and terribly American set that the house offers us.
White and yellow gold ring set with a 12.02-carat cushion-cut purple sapphire from Madagascar, a 6.08-carat oval yellow-green sapphire from Ceylon, a 2.89-carat cushion-cut Padparadscha sapphire from Madagascar, round Umba garnets, and pear and brilliant-cut diamonds. Photo : Chaumet
- Finally, Vienna – and its Valses d’hiver– offers a plunge into the very essence of Chaumet’s historic pieces. White pearls, white gold scrolls set with diamonds and the millegrain technique. Here we find the garland-style jewellery that has made the history of the house.
I liked almost all the mini-collections. This is what Chaumet is all about and it is a very interesting positioning. I am of course very attracted by the use of coloured stones and the contrasts intended by the artistic direction of the house. So I suggest you discover the most beautiful pieces of this opus!
Pink gold and lacquer brooch set with a 22.51 carat rhodolite garnet, four 5.55 and 3.86 carat ruby cabochons, rhodolite garnet motifs, baguette rubies and brilliant-cut diamonds. Photo: Chaumet
Convertible necklace in white gold, yellow gold and lacquer, set with a 28.98-carat bright green Colombian Muzo emerald, 39 cabochons of Zambian emeralds, round emeralds and rubies, baguette sapphires and yellow sapphires, and brilliant-cut diamonds. Photo : Chaumet
White and yellow gold necklace, set with a 29.77 carat cushion-cut morganite, a 23.38 carat oval chrysoberyl, a 12.87 carat oval Imperial topaz, a 12.21 carat oval pink tourmaline, a 10.67 carat cushion-cut tanzanite, a 2.12 carat pear-shaped DVVS2 diamond, thirty EFVVS-certified diamonds between 0.55 carat and 0.55 carat, a 10.67-carat cushion-cut tanzanite, a 2.12-carat DVVS2 pear diamond, thirty EFVVS-certified diamonds between 0.55 carat and 0.71 carat, Umba garnets, round champagne diamonds, and round and baguette diamonds. Photo : Chaumet
White gold and lacquer brooch set with emeralds and round rubies, baguette sapphires and yellow sapphires, and brilliant-cut diamonds. Photo : Chaumet
Rose gold and lacquer earrings set with two drops of red tourmalines of 19.39 and 19.37 carats, two oval rhodolite garnets of 7.15 and 6.34 carats, four ruby cabochons of 2.23, 2.00, 1.81 and 1.59 carats, rhodolite garnet motifs, baguette rubies and brilliant cut diamonds. Photo : Chaumet
See you soon!