Splendid. New Haute Joaillerie collection 26 Vend?me by Boucheron. Part3
56 jewellery pieces of Haute Joaillerie collection 26 Vend?me explore three fundamental topics, which have always inspired Boucheron jewellers: nature, architecture and haute couture: Nature Triomphante, Architecture Inspir? and Port? Couture.
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Chapter Nature Triomphante was inspired by victorious nature- wild and untamed, wild animals, wheat and beloved peacock feathers. Yet again Boucheron managed to evoke our wonderful and fleeting feelings, brought out by contemplation of nature’s moments.
Love it the way I do!- Lys Radiant necklace is the most emblematic in this chapter and a most luxurious in the collection.
The lily is a legendary flower, symbolising power, majesty and opulence for millennia. In Boucheron's version it is imbued with light. It beams. 219 carats of rock crystal come alive with colorless diamonds shining inside. The diamond chain comes down the neckline and is joined by the lily- the queen of the flowers. A superb yellow pear-shaped 20-carat diamond is shining in the heart of the lily, surrounded by six transparent rock crystal petals.
It is worth mentioning that the necklace was a challenge in design and technique for Boucheron jewellers.
Bl? d’?t? set was created in the shape of wheat ears (a necklace, a bracelet and a ring). Seven ears of wheat are amulet in French folklore and inspired the necklace. They came to life around the neck as though swaying in the wind. The theme of luck and wheat is reflected in new interpretation of the question mark necklace, a Boucheron classic dating back to 1889.
Plume de paon set - the peacock feather, is one of the iconic Boucheron designs. It is dynamic, in motion and almost alive in all its variations, being a reinterpretation of the question mark from 1889.
The animals in Animaux de collection are inevitably wild and rebellious, they are free. The adorable deer is side by side with the hawk and the wild wolf.
The Chapter Architecture Inspir? is inspired by abstraction and ideal lines of Art Deco. Boucheron has always been the ardent admirer of those. The chapter is also inspired by architectural details of Parisian mansions, where he used to live and work and, surely, by Place Vend?me. (Note: Art Deco, or Deco is the French for art d?co, lit. “Decorative art”. It is an influential visual arts design style that first appeared in France in 1920-ies. The style is often
characterized by strict consistency, rich colours, bold geometric shapes, lavish ornamentation and glamour).
The first address of Fr?d?ric Boucheron’s boutique, 152 Galerie de Valois (under the arches of Palais Royal) was the center of Parisian luxury at that time. It is important for the family history as the place where Fr?d?ric and Gabrielle Boucheron started their jewellery business in 1858.
H?tel Particulier is another gorgeous and symbolic necklace, which evokes both the atmosphere that reigned at the place where Fr?d?ric Boucheron lived and worked, and the view afforded by its various windows.
The geometric pattern of onyx, mother-of- pearl, moonstones and diamonds recall the graphic pattern of the historic mansion’s parquet flooring. At its center, a magnificent 21.80-carat yellow sapphire radiates light like a dazzle of sunrays peeking through half-open shutters. Four rock crystal pendants recreate the view that the apartments enjoyed over the gardens of the Palais Royal. Three of them are at the front and one last pendant serves as the necklace clasp at the back. The pictures so romantically and realistically reflected in the windows of the necklace show a deer, a bird in the garden, and the starry sky.
Vend?me Chromatique et Argentique bracelet is what I adore most of all in Architecture Inspir? series. It is a rock crystal bracelet with an emerald-cut beryl of 94.15-carat. The imposing central column, which is the biggest value of Place Vend?me, is engraved on the beryl. The profile of the bracelet recalls the arcades of Place Vend?me. (Note: an arcade is a part of architectural construction; it is a number of arcs resting on pillars or columns to make an open gallery along a building). The bracelet pays homage to the grandeur of the magnificent place.
The design of Damier Cabochon necklace showcases the classicism of Parisian h?tel particulier designs, and its interior. (Note: classicism (fr.classicisme, from Latin word classicus- examplary) is an art style of European culture of XVII-XIX centuries. The main feature of classicism in architecture was the appeal to the forms of ancient architecture as the standard of harmony, simplicity, rigor, logical clarity and monumentality. The classicism in architecture is in general characterized by regular layouts and clear dimensional forms).
The necklace, ring and bracelet are encrusted with cabochon- cut onyx making a contrast to diamonds set by chahut? technique.
Port? Couture (Haute couture)
With parents who were both drapers, Fr?d?ric Boucheron spent his childhood with all kinds of fabric and materials around him. Thus, here in this chapter Haute couture and High jewellery come together and fuse into one. Have a look at extraordinary Cape de Lumi?re, which looks like both a mantle and a jewellery piece.
It was entirely created on a dressmaker's dummy to ensure perfect fit, drape and suppleness, and its elements are interconnected by a woven mesh of golden thread. The pattern of Cape de
Lumi?re recalls Fr?d?ric Boucheron’s favourite inspiration, the peacock feather; the clasp is decorated with a beautiful citrine of 81 carat.
“The biggest challenge was to build a balance between flexible and rigid, light and heavy - says Claire Choisne - We had concerns that the jewellery would be too massive, but we managed to distribute the weight properly. It took us two thousand hours of work”.
Pliss? Diamants necklace stirringly reinterprets the pleats of a fabric that fall around the cleavage, a sort of variation on black-and-white, where the diamonds are white and the spinels are black. The two sides come together around a 7.8-carat diamond that lets the jet-black spinels on the back show through.
Ruban graphique necklace is created from tiny cascading onyx beads that come together in a bow around a 4.4-carat Colombian emerald. When the ribbon wraps around the finger in a delicate ring, it harbours a Colombian emerald of 3.7-carat or a 3-carat Mozambique ruby for those who are fond of rubies.