CHAUMET

A pal­ette play of sum­mer jewellery

Solitaire (Singapore) - - Content - By Ka­t­rina Uy

From Paris to Syd­ney, Lon­don to New York, this year’s spring and sum­mer fash­ion shows are all about colours — un­apolo­getic, head-turn­ing colours. Af­ter years of pas­tel dom­i­nance, which fol­lowed a pe­riod of min­i­mal­ism, de­sign and style trend­set­ters have fi­nally de­cided to in­fuse their run­way cre­ations with loud pinks, strong or­anges, bright yel­lows, and deep blues.

Yet this bold aes­thetic isn’t con­fined to cloth­ing. In re­cent years, haute jew­ellers and watch­mak­ers have in­creas­ingly wel­comed the com­bi­na­tion of semi-pre­cious gems with pre­cious stones and met­als to cre­ate colour­ful pieces. Opals, chryso­prase, and turquoise, for in­stance, sit along­side ru­bies, emer­alds, and sap­phires to lend nu­ance and youth­ful­ness to a de­sign. Coloured di­a­monds have con­tin­ued to gain wider ac­cep­tance.

Chaumet is no ex­cep­tion, and this year the brand em­braces an es­pe­cially vi­brant colour pal­ette for its Sum­mer Spirit cre­ations. In­stead of pro­duc­ing a new se­ries from scratch to cel­e­brate the sea­son, the jewellery house de­cided to breathe new life into ex­ist­ing col­lec­tions by ren­der­ing them ‘in tech­ni­colour’, as they put it.

To the Horten­sia col­lec­tion, which was orig­i­nally in­spired by the dainty flo­ral jewellery of the em­presses Joséphine and Marie-louise and the queen Hort­ense, Chaumet has added Horten­sia Eden — a line of slim watches with small, bright­coloured dials and straps that can be mixed and matched. One can choose a dial of mala­chite, turquoise, lapis lazuli, mother-of­pearl, or pink opal, and pair it with a lizard­skin or satin strap in pow­der pink, fuch­sia, green, blue, or­ange, or even black. The de­cid­ing fac­tor? One’s mood and whim.

The Horten­sia Eden line also in­cludes be­tween-the-finger rings — one ver­sion with turquoise and an­other with pink opal; both fash­ioned in 18K pink gold and stud­ded with di­a­monds. Neck­laces come with a flo­ral pen­dant, with petals of lapis lazuli, mala­chite, or turquoise ar­ranged around a bril­liant-cut di­a­mond.

“THIS YEAR’S SPRING-ANDSUMMER FASH­ION SHOWS ARE ALL ABOUT COLOURS — UN­APOLO­GETIC, HEAD-TURN­ING COLOURS”

Model wear­ing time­pieces from the Horten­sia Eden col­lec­tion

Com­ple­ment­ing the Eden’s vi­brancy, Chaumet chose a sub­tler look for the new Horten­sia Astre d’or line, which con­tin­ues the col­lec­tion’s mo­tif of gar­den flow­ers, rounded con­tours, and small pen­dants. The line com­bines brushed rose gold and di­a­mond pavé-set­ting in five new pieces. Each is ren­dered in 18K pink gold with bril­liant-cut di­a­monds, ready to daz­zle in the sum­mer sun­light.

The mix­ing and match­ing of hues and stones con­tin­ues in the new Sum­mer Spirit pieces for the Liens col­lec­tion. Avail­able as dou­ble-chain bracelets or pen­dant neck­laces, the pieces are col­lec­tively called Jeux de Liens. They broaden the pal­ette of the ex­ist­ing se­ries by set­ting chryso­prase and pink opal on rose gold, and white and grey mother-of-pearl on white gold. Other pieces en­hance the sparkle by fea­tur­ing pavéset di­a­monds on white or rose gold. Each de­sign re­flects the Liens col­lec­tion’s cen­tral theme, the link­ing of two souls rep­re­sented by two crossed lines.

Even with its 230-year his­tory, Chaumet is of­ten seen as cur­rent and un­con­ven­tional — meet­ing the needs and de­sires of mod­ern women while sur­pris­ing them with orig­i­nal com­bi­na­tions of ma­te­ri­als and colours. The brand’s Sum­mer Spirit cre­ations jus­tify this rep­u­ta­tion, and show that even an old dame in the jewellery world can con­sis­tently ex­ude youth­ful con­fi­dence and vi­tal­ity.

CHAUMET EM­BRACES AN ES­PE­CIALLY VI­BRANT COLOUR PAL­ETTE FOR ITS SUM­MER SPIRIT CRE­ATIONS

OP­PO­SITE PAGE CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT

Horten­sia Horten­sia

Astre d’or ring Astre d’or pen­dant

Horten­sia Eden be­tween-the-finger ring

Horten­sia Aube Rosee brooch watch

Horten­sia

Eden ear­rings

THIS PAGE Model wear­ing ear­rings, pen­dant, and ring from the Horten­sia Eden col­lec­tion

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