RUSSKIY MIR

From the cold win­ter to the po­lar land­scape to an­cient cities, Rus­sia in­spires Boucheron’s lat­est haute joail­lerie col­lec­tion

Singapore Tatler Jewels & Time - - News - Text Ter­ence Lim

A huge dose of Rus­sian influence for Boucheron's Hivier Im­périal col­lec­tion

Boucheron was the first French jew­eller in Moscow in 1897 so it boasts in­tri­cate ties with the Rus­sian capital. The Hivier Im­périal col­lec­tion pays trib­ute to the coun­try and its his­tory and cel­e­brates the close re­la­tion­ship the brand shares with it.

Boréales harks back to the Rus­sian tra­di­tional dress and lav­ish im­pe­rial jew­ellery. Case in point: The Baïkal neck­lace is de­signed like a bodice front and adorned with 2,000 pearls strung on silk thread with aqua­marines, moon pearls and di­a­monds. Tak­ing cen­trestage is the 78.33 carat Santa Maria aqua­ma­rine that sits in the mid­dle of the cre­ation. Its colour is rem­i­nis­cent of the crys­tal clear blue wa­ters of Lake Baikal. The high jew­ellery col­lec­tion is split into three sub-col­lec­tions: Lu­mière de Nuit, Femmes Boréales and L’an­neau d’or.

1898, Boucheron started us­ing the snowflake mo­tif on its jew­ellery. Two of the most sig­nif­i­cant cre­ations sport­ing the pat­tern are two neck­laces for Bar­bara Kelch, grand­daugh­ter of rail­road ty­coon Ivan Bazanov. The Flo­con Im­périal neck­lace from the Lu­mière de Nuit col­lec­tion is in­spired by the snowflake and the Bar­bara Kelch neck­lace. It fea­tures pol­ished rock crys­tal ac­cen­tu­ated with di­a­monds. Parts of the neck­lace can be re­moved and worn as a di­a­mond ring, a fibula and hair ac­ces­sories. L’an­neau d’or takes cre­ative ref­er­ence from the im­pe­rial cities’ rooftops, cupo­las and onion domes as well as from Moscow Baroque ar­chi­tec­tural in­flu­ences. Which is why the Ros­tov’s over­sized be­jew­elled medal­lion looks like a dome from the top. Ditto the Mar­que­terie bracelet—it fea­tures char­ac­ter­is­tic tri­an­gu­lar shapes of­ten seen on im­pe­rial build­ings in Moscow.

2 The Hivier Im­périal col­lec­tion is in­spired by all things Rus­sian but ev­ery piece is mod­ern and wear­able.

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