WILD AT HEART

Chaumet Tre­sors d’Afrique high jew­ellery col­lec­tion

Robb Report Singapore - - Perfect 10 -

For the very first time, French jew­ellery mai­son Chaumet goes to sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa, draw­ing deeply from its wells of in­spi­ra­tion to cre­ate a high jew­ellery col­lec­tion named Tre­sors d’Afrique.

The en­tire col­lec­tion is com­posed of five dis­tinct se­ries: Ronde de Pier­res with its bold colours and Nilotic parures, Cas­cades Royales in­ter­pret­ing African ob­jects in a fils couteau set­ting, Ter­res d’Or mir­ror­ing the African golden desert sand and ochre earth, Espieg­leries cel­e­brat­ing the lush flora and fauna, and Tal­is­ma­nia tak­ing a closer look at African art and or­na­ment.

An ode to colour and ma­te­ri­als, the pieces are stud­ded and sculpted us­ing the finest gem­stones. Deep green Muzo emer­alds, bright yel­low Cey­lon sap­phires, sen­su­ally hued pi­geon’s blood ru­bies and vi­brant ‘corn­flower’ blue Cey­lon sap­phires nes­tle along­side red spinels, Man­darin gar­nets, rock crys­tal, mala­chite, turquoise, lapis lazuli and car­nelian.

Within the Espieg­leries line, tra­di­tional hand­crafts raise the level of hand­crafts­man­ship. For in­stance, wo­ven gold threads crown a lion’s head form­ing a gen­er­ous mane of fine mesh, while grand feu enamel spots lend a glo­ri­ous colour­ful sheen to a gi­raffe’s spots and en­liven minia­ture scenes in the di­als of the an­i­mal-themed watches.

Tre­sors d’Afrique is the third in­stal­la­tion of a three-part col­lec­tion called Les Mon­des du Chaumet, af­ter Prom­e­nades Im­pe­ri­ales of Rus­sia launched in Jan­uary and Chant du Prin­temps of Ja­pan launched in June. www.chaumet.com

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