Chaumet 12 Place Vendome jewels
unveiled twelve separate jewellery sets, each one a part of '12
Vendôme', their latest high jewellery collection at the 2012
Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris.
Taking inspiration from close to home, the collection looks to
12 Place Vendôme, where the Maison has resided since 1780. With
over forty creations, this collection aims to combine the classic
elements of Chaumet with modern touches. Despite this
view to mix the past and present, pieces such as the classic tiaras
look fresh and new yet maintain the aristocratic charm they've
always had. One of the pleasures of this year's Paris couture week
was stepping inside Chaumet and seeing the splendour of the
building itself, with tiaras old and new adorning the walls of the
grand rooms overlooking Place Vendôme.
As with other pieces in the 12 Vendôme collection, it has been
inspired by none other than Empress Joséphine herself, the first
muse the House of Chaumet ever had. One piece in particular
caught my eye, and that was the aigrette that sports a spray of
very coquettish white feathers. The jewel and can be worn as
either a tiara or the central piece featuring a large opal can be
detached and worn as brooch or hung from a chain as a pendant.
Colour is something that strikes the eye and on show was an
entrancing mix of emeralds, sapphires, rubies, purple jade,
spinels, all of which echo the rich fire of the central opal. These
unusual combinations of stones have majestically been brought to
life with a collection that feels timeless in its execution.
The 12 Vendôme collection includes unusual pieces like
extra-long necklaces that caress the hips with rows of pearls or
dangle over the shoulders, much like popular pieces of the 1920s.
It is with jewellery like this that we see 230 years of expertise
come to modern fruition with jewels that redefine the silhouette of
the contemporary woman, as well as making their mark on this year's
Biennale des Antiquaires.