Pearls, pearls, pearls: Chaumet’s modern fine jewellery collection

Chaumet’s ‘Joséphine Aigrette’ jewellery collection marries pearls and diamonds

Pearls, pearls, pearls: Chaumet’s modern fine jewellery collection
A tiara from Chaumet’s Joséphine Aigrette jewellery collection
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The historical and the contemporary unite in Chaumet’s new ‘Joséphine Aigrette’ collection, which teases Akoya cultured pearls into arresting and modern silhouettes.

Pearls have long held a place in the house’s designs, and were a favourite of Empress Joséphine. Exceptional pearl pieces in the archives include Joséph Chaumet’s ‘Curvilinear’ tiara, circa 1930, as well as the ‘Bowknot’ corsage ornament he created in 1922.

Chaumet pearls earrings collection

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‘The new pieces of the “Joséphine” pearls collection take their inspiration from all of these elements of our history,’ says Chaumet CEO Jean-Marc Mansvelt. ‘Moreover, it’s important to remember that the pearl is also highly symbolic. Pearls symbolise love, prosperity, beauty, purity and female empowerment, which are all part of Chaumet’s codes.’

These new pieces balance pearls on geometric angles of diamonds in rings or earrings, or ride them on the crest of a glittering wave in a simply drawn tiara. The deep V of the silhouettes nods to the traditional form of an aigrette – or headdress — here embellished in pearls and brilliant-cut diamonds in a fine jewellery spin.

‘Tiaras are transformed as rings, with the new between-the-fingers “Joséphine” ring a delicate nod to the “Toi & Moi” design,’ adds Mansvelt. ‘The V and the pear shape highlight the characteristic Chaumet art of the line, but with a new dynamic that gives more movement to the pieces. Using a variety of settings – cut-down and claw – these pieces are punctuated with diamonds that almost seem suspended in the air.’

The collection intertwines this technicality with an inherent wearability: ‘The challenge was looking at pearls and reinventing them. Twisting classics and giving them a touch of modernity. By doing this, these pieces become suitable for many occasions; they can be worn alone or stacked and matched with the existing range. They can be the perfect memorable gift or the perfect bridal set. They are multifaceted jewels, much like Joséphine’s personality.’ 

Pearl and diamond ring Collection

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Pearl and diamond necklace Collection

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Woman wearing diamond rings Collection

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Pearl and diamond ring Collection

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Hannah Silver joined Wallpaper* in 2019 to work on watches and jewellery. Now, as well as her role as watches and jewellery editor, she writes widely across all areas including on art, architecture, fashion and design. As well as offbeat design trends and in-depth profiles, Hannah is interested in the quirks of what makes for a digital success story.