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.