Let There Be Light! Boucheron’s “Hôtel de la Lumière” High Jewelry Collection
Celebrating its 120th anniversary this year, Boucheron harnesses the beguiling light seen from its boutique in the storied Place Vendôme as inspiration for its newest high jewelry collection, ”Hôtel de la Lumière”. Eight chapters of jewels, both distinct from and integral to one another, illustrate the Maison’s story, one in which light reigns, while also representing the eight unique facets of the Place Vendôme.
Just as the rising sun’s rays illuminate the world each morning, the story opens with ‘Soleil Radiant’. The star jewel of this introductory episode is a diamond necklace inspired by the airy and elegant sun motifs of Louis XIV, the Sun King. The delicate diamond rays radiate in a variety of diamond cuts, including baguette, princess and round cut diamonds.
Next on this sparkling story is the ‘Paon de Lune’ (Moon Peacock) collection. A favorite of Boucheron, the peacock and its alluring feathers once again inspire the jewels of the Maison. The moon’s cool-colored light softly scintillates the world during the darkest hours of the night, an effect that is expressed through the peacock’s feathers made of rock crystal, diamonds and aquamarines.
For the following facet of light’s tale, cascading diamonds elicit the flowing champagne poured from the top of a pyramid of glasses, the effervescent nectar of the gods filling each one perfectly. ’Cascade de Diamants’ (Cascade of Diamonds) captures this effect to perfection with its endless stream of sparkling diamonds that flow from the rock crystal collar of the collection’s starring necklace. A pair of matching chandelier earrings complete this shimmering set.
Continuing to glean inspiration from champagne, the story proceeds with ‘Perles d’Éclat’ (Pearls of Radiance), referring to the wine’s bubbles. Once perceived as a fatal fault in the wine produced by the Champenois, the bubbles in champagne grew in popularity thanks in large part to the efforts to improve the quality of the bubbling wine pioneered by Dom Pérignon in the 17th century. To capture the bubbly effect, the ‘Perles d’Éclat’ set of jewelry features diamonds that appear suspended in rock crystal orbs, evoking the same airiness and effervescence of champagne.
Boucheron’s next collection in the journey of light, ‘Halo Delilah’, pays homage to the Maison’s ancestors, a family of cloth drapers, where woven threads of gold disappear behind dazzling gemstones in designs inspired from Haute Couture.
Freedom and femininity define the next collection in the series, ‘Goutte de Lumière’ (Drop of Light), inspired by Gabrielle Boucheron and her bohemian chic spirit.
‘Messagers Célestes’, the seventh episode of the story, depicts a series of insects, aerial emissaries and companions of the sun, in a vibrant array of colorful jewels and precious metals.
Wrapping up this enlightened journey is the ‘Fleur du Jour’ (Flower of Daylight) collection, an ode to nature and springtime. The starring jeweled necklace curls around the neck, forming an open “question mark”, at the end of which suspends a pair of overlapping flowers – one made of carved pink tourmaline and the other with diamonds. The set is a precious and elegant ending to Boucheron’s allegory of light.
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