Since its founding, the Maison has been inspired by butterflies, the fascinating creatures that symbolise change and metamorphosis. From head jewellery whose center stone detaches to be worn as a brooch, from a tiara worn around the wrist, transformation is at the heart of the Maison’s DNA.
Bay leaf and butterfly drawing, circa 1890.
Butterfly brooch with diamonds and rubies, circa 1890.
Butterfly head ornament drawing, circa 1900.
A water lily's flowers open when the sun's rays reach them and close when they move away. Originally white, a French nurseryman created the first coloured water lily in 1875. These coloured nympheas captivated the French impressionist painter Claude Monet who portrayed them in celebrated paintings.
Water lily bracelet set with diamonds and pearls, circa 1830.
Design for a belt buckle, circa 1900.
This lapis lazuli, brushed gold and diamond kingfisher brooch is a wonder of details. Nature is eruditely studied by the jeweller before being created into a piece of jewellery. This kingfisher brooch was created by the French jeweller Pierre Sterlé for Maison Chaumet in 1970.
Lapis lazuli, brushed gold and diamonds kingfisher brooch, 1970.
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Dana Bronfman is a New York City-based modern fine jewelry designer, best known for her « quietly bold » aesthetic using the « oculus » design.
This circular negative space allows the natural light to shine through and complements the many layers of the women and men who wear her designs — those who delight in adorning themselves in the earth’s ore and precious gemstones.
This signature oculus symbolically opens the space for the owner to connect with the meaning behind the piece and story of the jewel’s journey from mine to finger.
On my very first day as the jewelry cataloguer for Christie's Geneva (many moons ago), this Cartier masterpiece was the very first pieces of jewelry presented to me to catalogue. I remember thinking I was the luckiest girl on earth and that Cartier surpassed mother-nature with its creation. I adore the delicacy of those diamond lily of the valley links 💖