CLAIRE CHOISNE

DIREC­TOR OF CRE­ATIONS AT BOUCHERON

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style | Jewellery -

BACK­GROUND Af­ter gain­ing a de­gree in jew­ellery de­sign from the pres­ti­gious Ecole du Lou­vre in Paris, Claire Choisne briefly taught at her alma mater. The French na­tive be­gan her de­sign ca­reer in 1998 as a jew­ellery de­signer at Cre­ations Loiseau Ke­bad­jian. She joined Lorenz Bäumer in 2001 as its cre­ative

stu­dio man­ager, and 10 years later moved to Boucheron as direc­tor of cre­ations.

HAUTE JOB Choisne over­sees all of Boucheron’s watch and jew­ellery de­signs. “Ful­fill­ing this task for a his­toric jew­ellery house like Boucheron is over­whelm­ing, scary and ex­cit­ing all at the same time,” she says. “Look­ing through Boucheron’s ar­chives com­pels me to live up to those in­cred­i­ble stan­dards, or to be even bet­ter. While the goal is to bring fresh­ness to our jewels, it’s equally im­por­tant to re­spect the mai­son’s her­itage.”

BOLD FO­CUS Boucheron fre­quently turns to the art deco pe­riod for in­spi­ra­tion, as Choisne has done in cre­at­ing the brand’s 2016 high jew­ellery col­lec­tion, 26 Vendôme. The line is named af­ter the mai­son’s pres­ti­gious ad­dress on Place Vendôme, and cel­e­brates the fact Boucheron was the first jew­ellery house to take up res­i­dence on the fa­mous square. Choisne’s de­signs com­bine bold, geo­met­ric lines with el­e­gant curves, and use gold and an ar­ray of gems such as rock crys­tal, onyx, cit­rine and sap­phires. geo­met­ric gems A 21.8-carat yel­low sap­phire sits on a sketch of the Hô­tel Par­ti­c­ulier neck­lace it’s des­tined to adorn, and the match­ing Hô­tel Par­ti­c­ulier ear­rings

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