Chaumet, established in 1780, is one of the great treasures of Place Vendôme, the first fine jeweler on the square, and today Chaumet continues its legacy of fine technical craftsmanship and innovative, sophisticated design with ever more inspired high jewelry collections.
The Parisian Place Vendôme jewellery house continues to delight with its annual foray into literature with two newly released books.
The Enchanted Tiara – A Modern Fairytale
Chaumet heads off the beaten track to explore innovative and fun pastures new: the world of childhood, a first for the Maison. The Enchanted Tiara – A Modern Fairytale tells a story of transmission from one generation to the next, in an unending life cycle. Its circular carousel format echoes and symbolizes this perpetual movement. Here the tiara, the Maison’s signature piece, is a gift passed from mother to daughter, and represents the transformative journey from girl to woman and mother. A book with a universal message, for children and adults.
Brimming with Chaumet’s illustrious history, The Enchanted Tiara – A Modern Fairytale is a carousel book published by Rizzoli that explores the idea of the circle of life ingrained in the brand’s DNA.
In six paper cut-out scenes, The Enchanted Tiara relates the journey of a young girl in a captivating Paris, from her first steps to her first love, to the day she gives birth to her own little girl. The illustrations by Hélène Druvert, paper designer and author of numerous best-selling books, describe happy scenes, accompanied by dreamy short poetic texts. The book is an ode to colour, characteristic of the French Maison. The Chaumet deep blue on the cover, then a dominant tone for each scene, are enhanced by the brilliance of warm gold. The jewellery virtuosity of Chaumet pulses through this exquisite tome.
Chaumet Crown Jewels, Les Mondes de Chaumet
This year Assouline introduces a third Chaumet slipcase set of Mémoire volumes on the themes of Figures of Style (distinguished clients), Crown Jewels, and Les Mondes de Chaumet (international influences). A thematic collection illustrating all aspects of the Maison’s culture.
A heavily illustrated box set published by Assouline features a trio of works delving into the Maison’s essential themes, including its connections to reigning families of Europe and the unique women who have helped inspired and supported it through the centuries.
Crown Jewels by Sophie Motsch
Crown Jewels recounts the close connections Chaumet has always enjoyed with the reigning families of Europe and further afield, sealed by numerous orders of regalia and majestic adornments. These jewels still exist today, handed down from generation to generation, still worn on major official occasions, or preserved and exhibited in the greatest museums and collections around the world.
Les Mondes de Chaumet by Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter
Les Mondes de Chaumet lifts the veil on those ‘elsewheres’ that have been inexhaustible sources of inspiration for the Maison from the start, from the confines of Asia to the vast expanses of Africa and Russia. From archival documents at 12, Place Vendôme to the three chapters devoted to the Les Mondes de Chaumet High Jewellery collection, the Maison has always sought to look beyond its horizon, engaging with faraway and artistic cultures to constantly reinvent itself.
Figures of Style by Julie Verlaine
Figures of Style celebrates women of character who have long been faithful to the Maison, depicting the encounter between the jewellery virtuosity of Chaumet and the unique taste possessed by these personalities who marked their respective eras. Having been a part of their lives for over two centuries, the art of jewellery reflects the emancipation of Western women – their social enfranchisement, sartorial freedom and aesthetic expression.
The Enchanted Tiara – A Modern Fairytale and the Chaumet box set will be available in bookstores on October 9 and in November respectively.