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Lalique and Opéra na­tional de Paris pay trib­ute to Or­pheus and Eury­dice, from one of the most fa­mous tragic love sto­ries in Greek mythol­ogy. The new cap­sule ver­sion is in­spired by the Opéra reper­toire to in­ter­pret the em­blem­atic snake mo­tif, a favourite of René Lalique.

The 18-karat gold-plated pieces bear black lac­quer scales, and their in­ter­lac­ing de­sign of open­work mo­tifs sym­bol­ise a tree bark – de­not­ing the snake that caused the death of the Dryad Eury­dice, the nymph of the trees and for­est. Leg­end goes that Or­pheus tried in vain to save his beloved. The ma­jor themes be­queathed from René Lalique – myths, flora and fauna – are in­fused into these jewels. A crys­tal cabo­chon in each piece acts as a pro­tec­tive tal­is­man to ward off evil.

The myth of Or­pheus and Eury­dice was first per­formed at the Opéra in 2005, as an opera-dance in­ter­pre­ta­tion. It is a ma­jor work in Pina Bausch’s chore­og­ra­phy, pro­duced with a mu­sic score by Christophe Wil­libald Gluck.

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