Laurel necklace, Joseph Chaumet, circa 1900. Original photograph from the Chaumet Paris Collection.
LAUREL TIARA, CIRCA 1885
This laurel tiara recalls the gold-leaf laurel wreath which Napoleon ordered for his coronation and which can be admired in the painting by Jacques-Louis David.
DRAWING OF A LAUREL BROOCH, CIRCA 1890. CHAUMET PARIS COLLECTION.
EMBLEM OF VICTORY AND AN ODE TO APOLLO, THE EVERGREEN LAUREL ALSO CELEBRATES IMMORTALITY. WITH TRIUMPHANT FEMININITY, IT IS ADORNED HERE WITH SHADES OF BLUE AND PINK. THE SUPPLENESS AND MOVEMENT OF THE PIECES EVOKE APOLLO AND DAPHNE’S LOVE CHASE.
THE FIRMAMENT APOLLINIEN JEWELLERY SET OFFERS GLORY AND BEAUTY TO ITS WEARER, COMBINING THE CELESTIAL BLUE OF BURMESE SAPPHIRES WITH THE OPALESCENT BLUE OF SCULPTED MOONSTONE. IT IS MADE UP OF TWO LARGE NECKLACES, ONE OF WHICH IS TRANSFORMABLE, A MAJESTIC TIARA THAT CAN ALSO BE WORN AS A SLENDER BANDEAU, TWO RINGS, TWO PAIRS OF EARRINGS OFFERING VARIATIONS OF WEAR AND A TOURBILLON VOLANT COMPLICATION WATCH.
Firmament apollinien necklace in white gold, set with five cushion-cut sapphires from Ceylon weighing 10.69, 8.71, 5.62, 4.69 and 4.36 carats, thirty-four brilliant-cut D/E-VVS diamonds weighing 14.72 carats, moonstone motifs, beads and cabochon-cut sapphires, and brilliant-cut diamonds. The lower part of the necklace can be removed, so that the necklace can be worn in another way.
Firmament apollinien earrings in white gold, set with 2 cushion-cut Burmese «Royal Blue» sapphires, one weighing 6.63 carats, the other 6.48 carats, moonstone motifs, cabochon-cut and fancy-shaped sapphires, and brilliant-cut diamonds.
Firmament apollinien necklace in white gold, set with a cushion-cut Burmese sapphire weighing 34.36 carats, moonstone motifs, fancy-shaped sapphires, and brilliant and marquise-cut diamonds.
Firmament apollinien ring in white gold, set with a cushion-cut sapphire from Ceylon weighing 10.25 carats, moonstone motifs and brilliant-cut diamonds.
Firmament apollinien ring set in white gold, with a cushion-cut Burmese sapphire weighing 10.48 carats, moonstone motifs, fancy-shaped sapphires, and brilliant-cut diamonds.
Firmament apollinien transformable tiara in white gold, set with a cushion-cut sapphire from Ceylon weighing 14.55 carats, a brilliant-cut EVVS2 diamond weighing 1.45 carats, six D/E-VVS brilliant-cut diamonds weighing a total of 3.02 carats, cabochon-cut and beads of sapphires, and brilliant-cut diamonds. The lower part of this tiara can also be worn alone.
Firmament apollinien flying tourbillon watch in white gold, set with brilliant-cut diamonds. Dial adorned with white gold, brilliant-cut diamonds and cabochon-cut blue sapphires. Swiss mechanical manual-winding tourbillon CP12V-IX, with backside plate and upper disc specifically designed with laurel motif.
Firmament apollinien transformable earrings in white gold, set with two cushion-cut sapphires from Ceylon, one weighing 6.57 carats, the other 6.26 carats, two brilliantcut EVVS2 diamonds, weighing respectively 0.38 carats and 0.37 carats, moonstone motifs and brilliant-cut diamonds. These earrings can be worn in two different ways.
For more than 230 years Chaumet’s excellence in High Jewellery has been bequeathed from one master jeweller to another. Diamonds and precious stones, carefully selected for their exceptional purity and sparkle, are then sculpted into round, cushion, oval, emerald, or the Maison’s signature cut, the pear-shape. Then, the jewellers, stone setters, polishers and engravers give life to the jewel.
THE SCULPTED CHALCEDONY, SAPPHIRES AND SPINELS OF THE FRISE DIVINE ENSEMBLE CREATE A GRADATION OF LAVENDER BLUE, VIOLET AND PINK TONES. REPEATED MOTIFS OF BENDING LEAVES ARE SUBTLY ENHANCED BY THE FINEST YELLOW GOLD THREADING. THE COLLECTION INCLUDES A CUFF WATCH AND A BROOCH THAT TRANSFORMS INTO A BRACELET, A SECOND BRACELET AND THREE RINGS.
Frise divine transformable cuff watch in white and yellow gold, set with motifs of chalcedony, round sapphires, marquise and brilliant-cut diamonds. Swiss quartz movement. To wear the piece as a bracelet, the brooch motif can replace the cuff’s central watch motif.
Frise divine ring in white gold and yellow gold, set with a cushion-cut violet sapphire from Madagascar weighing 9.19 carats, chalcedony motifs, round sapphires, marquise-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds.
Frise divine ring in white gold, set with a cushion-cut greyish-blue spinel weighing 18.23 carats and a troidia-cut lavender spinel weighing 2.23 carats, fancy-shaped multicoloured sapphires, round lavender sapphires, brilliant-cut and marquise-cut diamonds.
Frise divine ring in white gold, set with an oval-cut Padparadscha sapphire from Madagascar weighing 3.67 carats, fancy-shaped multicoloured sapphires, round lavender sapphires and brilliant-cut
Frise divine bracelet in white gold, set with three oval-cut Padparadscha sapphires, the first from Ceylon weighing 5.13 carats, the second from Madagascar weighing 2.28 carats, the last from Ceylon weighing 2.15 carats, fancy-shaped multicoloured sapphires, round lavender sapphires and brilliant-cut diamonds.
MÉTAMORPHOSES DE DAPHNÉ
THE FIVE PIECES OF THE MÉTAMORPHOSES DE DAPHNÉ THEME - A NECKLACE, TWO RINGS, A PAIR OF EARRINGS AND A BROOCH - ARE SET WITH PINK SPINELS OF VARYING HUES AND SOME OF THE LEAVES ARE HIGHLIGHTED BY A BLACK RHODIUM ACCENT. THE LARGE BROOCH DEPICTS A VIBRANT BRANCH FROM WHICH LUSCIOUS BERRY DROPS SWAY WITH THE MOVEMENT.
Métamorphoses de Daphné necklace in white gold, set with an oval-cut pink spinel from Tajikistan, weighing 11.36 carats, seven oval-cut certified pink spinels weighing a total of 39.44 carats, one brilliant-cut DE/IFVVS diamond of 1.1 carats, three brilliant-cut DE/IFVVS diamonds of 0.47 carat each, round pink sapphires and brilliant-cut diamonds.
Métamorphoses de Daphné brooch in white gold, set with five oval-cut pink spinels from Tajikistan, weighing 2.72, 1.96, 1.88, 1.86 and 1.83 carats, and brilliant-cut diamonds.
Métamorphoses de Daphné ring in white gold, set with three oval-cut pink spinels; weighing 0.84, 0.82 and 0.81 carats and brilliant-cut diamonds.
Métamorphoses de Daphné ring in white gold, set with an oval-cut pink spinel from Tajikistan, weighing 1.27 carats, one brilliant-cut EVVS1 diamond weighing 0.51 carat, and brilliant-cut diamonds.
Métamorphoses de Daphné earrings in white gold, set with two oval-cut pink spinels from Tajikistan, one weighing 1,71 carats, the other 1,60 carats, round pink spinels, and brilliant-cut diamonds.
NATURE ET CULTURE
LAUREL EVOKES THE LEGEND OF THE BEAUTIFUL DAPHNE WHO RUNS THROUGH THE WOODS AND TRANSFORMS INTO A LAUREL TREE TO ESCAPE THE PURSUIT OF THE POWERFUL GOD, APOLLO. DEEPLY IN LOVE, HE WILL MAKE THE TREE HIS EMBLEM, REPRESENTING POETRY AND VICTORY. THE EVER GREEN FOLIAGE OF THE BAY LAUREL SYMBOLISES IMMORTALITY AND GLORY. DURING THE ROMAN EMPIRE, LAURELS WERE USED TO CROWN THE TRIUMPHANT – THIS INSPIRED NAPOLÉON 1ST TO WEAR A LAUREL WREATH ON THE DAY OF HIS CONSECRATION AS EMPEROR..
Illustration inspired by the sculpture “Apollo and Daphne”, Bernini, 1622-1625 (Borghese gallery, Rome).