The intertwined 'X' motif of the 'Liens' or 'ties' collection is a well-established motif chez Chaumet. But this year, the simple but highly symbolic cross steps into the limelight with the arrival of the 'Liens' collection of high jewellery.
The cross has been seen in the work of Chaumet since 1907, but it came to prominence in 1977 with the arrival of the first 'Les Liens' bijoux. And now, in 2013, the 'Liens' collection of 12 one-off rings elevates the simple motif to high jewellery status.
An interesting feature of this collection is the fact that the colours are limited to white diamonds and blue precious stones. Beyond the majestic deep blue of the sapphire, aquamarines and tourmalines create an azure contrast to the icy white of diamonds.
Both classic yet with a simplicity that is so modern, the structure of these rings makes the stones appear to float effortlessly above ribbons of baguettes and rows of perfect white brilliant cut diamonds. Geometric, elegant and understated, the 'Liens' collection enters quietly, but is here to stay.
One of 12 new rings in Chaumet 's new Liens high jewellery collection, with 158 brilliant-cut diamonds and a 7.23ct cushion cut sapphire.
Side view of the Liens collection ring, set with 224 brilliant-cut diamonds and a 10.69ct cushion cut sapphire.
This simple wide Liens high jewellery band by Chaumet is set with 45 brilliant-cut and 20 baguette-cut diamonds. The cross motif is picked out in 29 baguette-cut sapphires.
An all-diamond version of the Liens band by Chaumet, set with 45 brilliant-cut and 49 baguette-cut diamonds.
Twenty baguette-cut sapphires provide a velvety blue background to the 91 brilliant-cut sapphires that cross this new Liens ring by Chaumet.