Not many brands can boast a 240-year-old-long history. So when Chaumet hit that milestone this year, the French jewellery maison does what any brand would do: celebrate. First up, it reopened its historic store at 12 Place Vendome which had been shuttered for refurbishment for a year and now fashioned as a Parisian apartment-styled boutique. Next, it followed up with the launch of two limited-edition collections – a range of medallion necklaces and a series of cocktail rings inspired by architecture from around the world.
The 27-piece necklace collection, dubbed Legende de Chaumet comprises reversible medallion pendants featuring hardstones like lapis lazuli, malachite and carnelian with sculpted, engraved or guilloche finishes. The emblems on these medallions are deeply personal to the maison. Take for instance the “J” featured on one of the designs which is a nod to Empress Josephine, the maison’s most famous clientele, or the laurel of Apollo which is symbolises femininity. Each design is limited to between two and five pieces.
Meanwhile, the Tresors d’Ailleurs is a 16-piece collection of one-of-a-kind high jewellery secret rings inspired by the 16th century “house rings” – so called for their hidden small compartments. The novelty designs that Chaumet created riff on the architecture of buildings from China, Japan, the Middle East and Paris and feature intricate details to mimic the different aesthetics of these roofs from these cultures. Take for instance the Lady Wei ring set with baguette-cut indicolite tourmalines, beads of rubellites, brilliant-cut diamonds and one sugar-loaf rubellite measuring 8.70 carats.
All of the designs are stocked exclusively at Chaumet’s 12 Place Vendome salon which will is currently closed due to the global health situation until further notice.