22 December 2014

Holiday Wishlists 2014: Chaumet

Holiday Wishlist: Chaumet

From Romanov tiaras to French imperial jewels, the House of Chaumet has been an important part of the royal jewel landscape for two centuries. The firm was founded by Marie-Étienne Nitot, later Napoleon's court jeweler, in 1780, and they've been making remarkable jewels ever since from their atelier in the Place Vendôme in Paris. Here are five of my favorite pieces from their current collections...

The Joséphine Tiara Ring is a tribute to one of the firm's first major customers, Joséphine de Beauharnais, the first wife of Napoleon. Made of platinum and set with diamonds, the ring echoes the shape of a tiara in miniature. (Price on request)

This charming Bee Pendant is from the "Attrape-moi… si tu m'aimes" collection, which roughly translates to "catch me ... if you love me." I will definitely catch you, you adorable citrine-and-diamond bee. (Price on request)

The Grand Frisson Brooch is absolute geometric perfection. (Price on request)

The Hortensia Earrings are exuberant chandeliers of rubies, garnets, and red tourmalines. (Price on request)

It wouldn't be Chaumet without a tiara, would it? I'm absolutely gaga over the delicate simplicity of the Joséphine Tiara, which places a single Paraiba tourmaline amid a field of diamonds and white gold. (Price on request)

If you could be a Chaumet client, which pieces would you want to bring home with you?

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for writing this post in any way, and Chaumet did not sponsor it. The opinions expressed here are solely mine.