At Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris this past September, Chaumet put 53 pieces of High Jewellery on display for creative director Claire Dévé-Rakoff’s debut. An avid painter and photographer, Dévé-Rakoff channeled the beauty and mysticism of water, the world’s most powerful element, as the touchstone of Chaumet’s Lumières d’Eau collection.
Divided into 12 sets, a number signifying the historic home of Chaumet at 12 Place Vendôme, the collection is a dizzyingly beautiful cascade of emeralds, tourmalines, sapphire, lapis lazuli, tanzanite, pearls, and white Ethiopian opals. A standout feature is the delicate use of rock crystal cabochons, a modern touch expressing frozen water and frost. As the weather gets colder, we’re inspired by Chaumet’s reimagination of this essential element. Below is a selection of our favorite pieces from the Biennale.
Parure N°9: An Island in the Trade Winds
“The catch of the day is extraordinary: emerald-cut aquamarines linked by a garland of marine foliage and Paraïba-like tourmalines, a gold and diamond tiara.emerald-cut aquamarines linked by a garland of marine foliage and Paraïba-like tourmalines, a gold and diamond tiara.”
Parure N°11: Golden Light
“Yellow sapphires gleam in the light of the South Seas. The three-row long necklace of yellow sapphires and golden pearls is a wonder of radiance.”
Parure N°5: Frosted Beauty
“Opals are transformed in the soft lights of an aurora borealis. Water droplets crystallise into a cloud of diamonds and colour-graded purple sapphires.”
Parure N°8: A Dive into a Sea of Infinite Blue
“A necklace that transforms into a brooch, two rings and a pair of earrings that seem to dance like waves under an aquamarine sky.”
Ripples in the Water
After the Rain
A Dive into a Sea of Infinite Blue
An Island in the Trade Winds
Learn more about Lumières d’Eau by Chaumet.
Photography by The Stone Set.