When it comes to creating lust-worthy jewellery, French brand Chaumet certainly doesn’t disappoint. Its recently released Insolence collection was an unabashedly luxurious repertoire of necklaces, earrings and bracelets crafted with ribbon motifs and Belle Epoque designs, while its nature-inspired La Nature de Chaumet range (launched last November) featured an equally magnificent array of coloured gemstones.
This comes as no surprise, considering that Chaumet’s penchant for spellbindingly beautiful creations dates all the way back to 1780, when it was founded in Paris by Marie-Étienne Nitot, the official jeweller to emperor Napoléon Bonaparte. Come April 11, this glittering heritage will take centre stage at Imperial Splendours, a retrospective exhibition showcasing over 300 historical jewels, works, paintings, drawings and objets d’art compiled from the end of the 18th century to today.
Held at the opulent Palace Museum in Beijing until 2 July, the presentation features the dazzling Bourbon-Parma tiara, which was crafted in 1919 for Hedwige de La Rochefoucauld’s marriage to Prince Sixtus of Bourbon-Parma. Set in platinum and diamonds with fuchsia-inspired motifs, the tiara is the very picture of timeless elegance.
Other highlights include a tiara created as a result of a recent design competition organised by Chaumet at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts in London. There will also be several works on loan from renowned collections and museums such as the Musée du Louvre, Château de Fontainebleau, and the Victoria and Albert Museum of London.
Check out the video below for a sneak peek of what to expect at Chaumet’s Imperial Splendours exhibition.