Chaumet – Les Mondes de Chaumet
Chaumet – Les Mondes de Chaumet, Trésors d’Afrique high jewelry collection – Paris
From yesteryear to today, Chaumet has forged links with creations from afar. From the world’s civilizations, it has selected only the best in order to invent its own jewelry creations, fertile wanderings from distant lands that made their way to the heart of Paris, coming to life in the center of the Place Vendôme. In 2018, Chaumet continues this exploration with Les Mondes de Chaumet, a High Jewellery collection representing three destinations in three stages.
Trésors d’Afrique tells a five-part story of a multifaceted Africa. First of all, the Africa whose artistic expressions inspired Apollinaire, Picasso, Derain, Vlaminck, and Braque, thus playing a major role in the greatest aesthetic and intellectual revolutions of the beginning of the last century, from Fauvism to Cubism and Surrealism. The Africa of sovereigns next, as the last continent on which an empress reigned, where the parure defines status. Indeed, no land has elevated the art of adornment to such a degree of inventiveness and sophistication, where the jewel, an accessory of seduction or power, sublimating beauty and prestige, has a thousand forms and uses.
Highly symbolic, it says everything about whoever wears it, its protective virtues giving it the role of a talisman. As the jeweler of emotions and the diadem, Chaumet thus found much common ground between its narrative creations and African adornment, alternately a wedding jewel or symbol of elevation when it crowns the head, with gold and stones, or skillfully sculpted hair. Trésors d’Afrique tells of an Africa that boasts an original nature, a nature that’s generous – offering us its treasures – and storied, inevitably fascinating for a Maison that has always explored naturalistic themes. A natural meeting, therefore, for a tribute to unexpected forms, a resolutely contemporary sense of daring, like the continent that gave it life.