Grasp a piece of sky. Follow the movement of a cloud. Watch a raindrop fall. Be mesmerized by a feather’s swirling flight. Contemplate.
With her new High Jewelry collection, Claire Choisne, Creative Director of Maison Boucheron, aimed to seize the intangible by revealing the fleeting beauty of the natural world. “For years, I have wanted to capture the ephemeral, to convey the poetry of present moments, the purity of the sky, light effects. The jeweler’s art is about stopping time in its tracks, making instants eternal when, by their very essence, they are not”.
Comprising sixty-seven pieces, Contemplation represents the most personal and intimate collection of High Jewelry ever created by Claire Choisne. The codes of Boucheron are interpreted with an extremely sensorial approach: pieces seem to quiver with the slightest breath on the skin, fragments of stars are caught in airy matter, a cloud of diamonds swirls on a weightless necklace. The first jeweler to open on Place Vendôme now invites us to reconnect with our senses in order to appreciate what is most precious: the present moment.
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White gold. Diamonds. Mother-of-pearl.
For this ensemble comprising an asymmetrical necklace and pendant earrings, the jeweler leaned towards a more graphic interpretation of the feather motif. Mother-of-pearl is set with delicate lines or tiny halos of diamonds, creating a play on texture that fully reveals its radiance.
It is presented with a bracelet, while a ring, likewise in mother-of-pearl, creates the impression of a feather simply settled on the hand, so discreet is its mount. Immaculate, curved earrings illuminate the face with their pure light, while a brooch of delicately chiseled and engraved mother-of-pearl evokes the spiraling flight of a feather through the air.
A pearl necklace bears a medallion representing a trio of feathers and is finished with a tassel, a signature motif of Maison Boucheron.
“I wanted to evoke a cloud surrounding a woman’s throat, rather than represent one literally”, explains Claire Choisne. But how could it be possible to replicate, in jewelry, the vaporous effect of the millions of minute droplets which come together to form a cloud in nature? Maison Boucheron consulted a programmer, who devised an algorithm to bring this unique cumulus to life. It took two years to develop the materials for this unprecedented necklace, which consists of 9,786 titanium threads capped with 5,371 diamonds and 4,415 glass beads simulating the droplets of water. Extraordinarily light, and following every movement of the neck, this Nuage en Apesanteur does indeed appear weightless.
“With this necklace, I wanted to capture what cannot be caught - a piece of sky to wear around your neck”. Given such an aim, the creation of the Goutte de Ciel necklace was inevitably extremely complex. For two years, Boucheron sought a material that could reproduce not only the sky’s infinite palette of blues, but also its fleeting, near-impalpable essence. And then, the jeweler came across a special substance used in space by NASA to gather stardust. This mystery matter - 99.8% composed of air and silica - varying in color according to the light is enclosed in a shell of rock crystal set with diamonds. This extraordinary talisman hung from a choker also fashioned in rock crystal and paved with diamonds. True to a tradition of transformability, a sautoir version is offered on a silk cord. It is complemented by a cabochon bracelet, whose extremely pure lines also integrate a piece of this 21st century sky.