Napoleon Bonaparte survived many wars, but he succumbed to Empress Josephine’s charms. And while the Empress had one of the world’s most powerful men wrapped around her little finger, she was not immune to the bewitching dazzle of gemstones – Chaumet’s gemstones, to be exact. Once official jeweller to the empress, the brand continues to take her as its regal muse today. The Maison’s ties to its history have always remaimed strong – its flagship boutique, studio and workshop still occupy the same 18th-century townhouse in Place Vendôme, where it has been since its founding in 1780.
A direct nod to the Maison’s royal connection is the Josephine collection. Name aside, its chosen motif, the tiara, appears miniaturised and set with gems, reimagined as rings, bracelets and pendants. Chaumet’s signature pear cut features strongly in the centrstone that tops each miniature tiara like a crowning ge
Parisian ‘Haute Joaillier’ Maison Chaumet’s Josephine collection has taken the world by storm, and no wonder: it’s elegant, it’s modern, and its different styles feature either a diamond – as a stunning engagement ring – or a beautiful colored gemstone for a more day-to-day piece that transitions beautifully into the evening. The ‘Aigrette Imperiale’ design, inspired by the crown, has a wings-like silhouette, ‘Eclat Floral’ has a tulip shape that that exalts the central gem.
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