It may still be summer in most parts of the world, but for its latest Hiver Impérial high jewellery collection, Boucheron finds its muse in the vast, wintry landscapes of Russia. The Parisian brand made its way to Moscow in 1897, and was the first French jeweller in the city. Inspired by Slavic heritage and culture, as well as its long-standing presence in the Far East, Boucheron’s new line of sparkling jewels is based on the three themes of nature, couture and architecture.
Its designs span earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings, many of which are adorned with motifs such as snowflakes, domes, and animals like huskies and foxes. Some of the pieces also call to mind the grandeur of imperial Russia, thanks to their extravagant use of diamonds and pearls. Particularly captivating is the Femmes Boréales range, which is inspired by the luxurious apparel and jewellery worn by ancient royals during winter.
Its pièce de résistance is unmistakably the Baïkal necklace, a sumptuous assortment of diamonds, aquamarines, moonstones and over 2,000 Akoya cultured pearls strung together on 25 silk strands. At the heart of the collar-like jewel is a massive 78.33-carat Santa Maria oval aquamarine, which is surrounded by four smaller aquamarines and several teardrop-shaped moonstones.
The sides of the white gold beauty are also embellished with moonstones and aquamarines crafted in similar motifs.
When worn, the Baïkal necklace drapes dramatically across its user’s neck and chest, making for quite a showstopping statement piece. Actress Salma Hayek debuted it at the Cannes Film Festival in May, and made it the focal point of her ensemble by pairing it with a simple black outfit.
For wearers hoping to put together a complete ice queen-esque look, the Hiver Impérial line also offers matching earrings and a ring.
(Main and featured photos: Boucheron)