Boucheron Creative Director Claire Chuan continues to explore the archives of the jewelery house. In each collection, she not only interprets the old setting or cut, but tells a whole story, the main character of which is Frederic Boucheron, the founder of the famous brand. In 1893, he was the first jeweler to settle on the Place Vendome, choosing for himself a mansion at number 26. “I often imagine Boucheron entering this house, and everything inside is flooded with light, because the corner of the square where he is located is perfectly lit sunshine any time of the day,”says Claire Chuan. The new collection was named 26 Vendôme: the historic mansion is still the seat of power for Boucheron… In addition to the boutique, there are a design studio and jewelry ateliers, which produce High Jewelery jewelry.
The three parts of the 26 Vendôme collection (which includes 56 pieces) reveal three fundamental themes that have always inspired Boucheron jewelers: nature, architecture and haute couture.
Nature Triomphante is a victorious nature, wild and unruly. Plume de Paon set with a peacock feather motif includes a diamond question mark necklace, a 24.37-carat morganite ring, a round pearl pendant necklace with tassel tassel and a transformer brooch: diamond feathers that come off turn into tiny birds. A wide diamond ribbon with a huge lily flower forms the Lys Radiant transformable necklace: a 20-carat yellow pear-shaped diamond shines in the heart of the bud with six transparent rock crystal petals. The wheat theme was first played up by Frédéric Bouchron in 1889 in the form of an open question mark necklace - in modern jewelry, diamond ears are a lighter and more rigid structure and shake slightly when moving.
The head of Architecture Inspirée is inspired by the Art Deco style that Frederic Boucheron often drew upon, and the architectural details of the Parisian mansions in which he lived and worked. The embossed rhinestone on the Vendôme Chromatique sculptural bracelet resembles the arcade of the Place Vendôme; the Vendôme Column is engraved on the lower edge of the central yellow beryl weighing over 94 carats. The very first Parisian address Boucheron(152 Galerie de Valois) dedicated to the Hôtel Particulier necklace. The geometric pattern of onyx, mother of pearl, moonstone and diamonds echoes the pattern of the parquet flooring in the historic mansion. A tiny pastoral composition is placed inside each of the three voluminous rock crystal pendants. The ivy-covered garden, the frightened doe and other details of white gold and diamonds can be seen through the transparent crystal facets, as if through a window.
Frédéric Bouchron's parents were cloth manufacturers, hence the young jeweler's interest in fabrics, draperies and everything related to high fashion. The Porté Couture theme includes pleated Plissé Diamants necklace and earrings in black spinel and diamonds, as well as graphic bow rings with a central emerald or ruby. The pinnacle of the collection is the Cape de Lumière jewelry cape, woven of yellow gold and adorned with a huge carved citrine weighing more than 80 carats. Semicircular details with soft chains, vaguely resembling peacock feathers, “draped” right on the mannequin. “The hardest part was to strike a balance between flexible and tough, light and heavy,” recalls Claire Chuan. - We were worried that the jewel would be too massive, but we managed to correctly distribute the weight of a kilogram of gold. This required 2,000 hours of work.”>