« A History of Style » are High Jewelry collections finding their inspiration in the archives of Maison Boucheron and reviving them through Claire Choisne’s creative eye. They offer timeless creations, as a signature style.
This year, creative director Claire Choisne delved into Maison Boucheron’s abundant Art deco archives. She extracted the spirit, the line, the radical simplicity of a time when the Parisienne asserted her femininity by wearing masculine clothes, plunging necklines, high-waisted pants, long necklaces and short hair. A time of extravagance, where style was all about attitude.
As a perfect echo to modern-day women and men, Claire Choisne has chosen to magnify the couture spirit and the antagonisms of the Roaring Twenties, focusing on feminine and masculine, the opulence of pure lines, the contrast of black and white enhanced by a touch of color. Boucheron’s jewelry making savoir-faire applied to Art Deco flapper necklaces and ribbon bracelets results in utterly contemporary multiwear pieces.
More than a high jewelry collection for women and for men, “A History of Style, Art Déco” is a declaration of freedom and style.
A piece of jewelry just like a tie. A couture echo to those flapper years, when women asserted their style through details gleaned from the masculine wardrobe. On a white gold necklace as soft and delicate as a silk tie lies a detachable brooch, on which onyx and black lacquer draw subtle perspectives highlighting an 8.02 carat emerald. The contrast between materials and colors is enhanced by the numerous ways this jewel can be worn: as a tie, a necklace, a pendant or even, after detaching its emerald heart, as a collar jewel, or a brooch on a masculine look.
Necklace set with an 8.02 ct emerald-cut Zambian emerald, paved with diamonds and onyx, with black lacquer, in white gold and platinum. Necklace in the tradition of the multiwear.
More than a jewel, this white gold ribbon set with baguette and round diamonds is the ideal genderless accessory. With its chevron pattern, iconic of Art Déco, this graphic line can equally be a belt worn by a man with a tuxedo, a headband or a choker worn by a woman or even two genderless bracelets. The options for wearing this jewel in the most contemporary ways are endless, and left to the imagination.
Headband paved with diamonds, in white gold. Headband in the tradition of the multiwear.
If bow-ties have essentially served as baroque ornaments in the history of High Jewelry, here is a pure bow-tie, enhanced by the black and white contrast. Claire Choisne’s creative eye made it a white gold and black lacquer brooch paved with diamonds, that can be pinned on a black dress or in the hair. It is also the bow-tie to a masculine suit. It is lastly a ring, faithful to Boucheron’s multiwear tradition: either a 1.50 carat solitaire, with its black edge, or a couture bow-tie ring.
Brooch paved with diamonds, with black lacquer, in white gold. Brooch in the tradition of the multiwear.
Ring set with a 1.50 ct E VVS1 emerald-cut diamond, paved with diamonds, with black lacquer, in white gold. Ring in the tradition of the multiwear.
This black edge expresses all the power of a simple black line: it only needs to border a 5.27 carat pear-shaped diamond drop to draw a radically modern piece. Just like a braid would highlight a garment, this piece is a Boucheron signature on a High Jewelry classic.
Pendant earrings set with two D IF pear diamonds of 3.01 ct and 3.02 ct, paved with diamonds, with black lacquer, in white gold.
Ring set with a 5.27 ct E VVS2 pear diamond, paved with diamonds, with black lacquer, in white gold.
A necklace as an armor? This proud plastron was inspired by the necklaces Boucheron created for the Maharajah of Patiala, and is set with 220 emerald beads for a total of 1071.97 carat. It borrows its opulence from that time when men wore High Jewelry as a sign of power and glory. It is pure strength allied to the softness of emeralds that Claire Choisne offers to women. In the tradition of Boucheron’s multiwear, this spectacular necklace can transform into a choker and a bracelet, and its design is available as a graphic ring and two different pairs of earrings.
Necklace set with 220 Zambian emerald beads for a total carat weight of 1071.97 ct, paved with diamonds, emeralds and onyx, with black lacquer in white gold and platinum. Necklace in the tradition of the multiwear.
Pendant earrings set with 6 Zambian emerald beads for a total carat weight of 27.42 ct, paved with diamonds, emeralds and onyx, in white gold and platinum.
Pendant earrings set with 12 Zambian emerald beads for a total carat weight of 67.30 ct, paved with diamonds, emeralds and onyx, in white gold and platinum.
Ring paved with emeralds, diamonds and onyx, with black lacquer, in platinum.
A white gold and platinum ring paved with diamonds and set with a 7.43 carat cushion-cut Muzo emerald, like a button on a finger. This ring is discreetly extravagant with its soft curve, the purity of the lines and the black, white and green colors dear to Claire Choisne. It is the finishing touch to a look, just like the perfect button on a garment.
Ring set with a 7.43 ct cushion Colombian (Muzo) emerald, paved with diamonds, with black lacquer, in white gold and platinum.
A necklace so supple it follows every movement, like fabric would fit a silhouette. Recalling the chevron pattern that was dear to Boucheron in the 1920s, Claire Choisne imagined a soft white gold chain paved with diamonds and ending with a 61.35 carat emerald drop. The boldness of this piece lies in its clasp turning into an ornament, being a jewel in itself and a sliding tie allowing to adjust the chain to the perfect length.
Necklace set with a 61.35 ct drop Zambian emerald, paved with diamonds, in white gold.
With its pure design, this necklace follows the sharp line of a V-Neck and tells us all about the timeless modernity of Art Déco and about the Boucheron signature. Its radical design dares to place 28 emeralds horizontally for a total of 24.59 carats. The emerald-cut stones, engraved in crystal and lined with onyx recall the shape of Place Vendôme, but also the chromatic elegance Claire Choisne wished to give to this collection with intense green, bright white and graphic black. The same line is to be found in a ring and a pair of geometric lever-back earrings, and earrings unveiling the pattern of Parisian cobblestones.
Necklace set with 28 emerald-cut Colombian emeralds for a total carat weight of 24.59 ct, paved with diamonds, onyx and rock crystal, in white gold and platinum.
Pendant earrings set with 6 emerald-cut Colombian emeralds for a total carat weight of 5.07 ct, paved with diamonds, onyx and rock crystal, with black lacquer in white gold and platinum
Pendant earrings set with two emerald-cut Colombian emeralds for a total carat weight of 2.20 ct, paved with diamonds, onyx and rock crystal, in white gold and platinum.
Ring set with a 1.61 ct emerald-cut Colombian emerald, paved with diamonds, onyx and rock crystal, in white gold and platinum.
A conquerer? Definitely confident and daring. For a man or a woman, this signet ring allies the powerful octagonal design of Place Vendôme to the precision of its cobblestones. A bright 4.43 carat Muzo emerald overlooks round and baguette diamonds bordered by a black edge, and is set on a rock crystal mounting. Like wearing the Parisian coat of arms on one’s finger.
Ring set with a 4.43 ct emerald-cut Colombian (Muzo) emerald, paved with diamonds, rock crystal, in white gold and platinum.
A necklace like a cravat. Pure and opulent lines dictating style like a fashion detail would dictate a whole look. This diamond, onyx, black lacquer and white gold piece remembers the mythical flapper who would borrow fashion items from the masculine wardrobe and assert a new femininity. Here is a cravat, depicted in a frozen movement, as a necklace quilted with diamonds and trimmed with three braids of large black lacquer rings. Claire Choisne offers to play with this piece that can be worn in three different ways, by women or by men, with or without the cravat piece. As a necklace, a choker, a collar pin accompanied by matching earrings and an onyx, diamonds and black lacquer on white gold ring.
Necklace paved with diamonds and onyx, with black lacquer, in white gold. Necklace in the tradition of the multiwear.
Pendant earrings paved with diamonds and onyx, with black lacquer, in white gold.
Ring set with a 0.60 ct D VVS2 round diamond, paved with diamonds and onyx, with black lacquer, in white gold.