A LUXURIOUS BRIDGE BETWEEN THEN AND NOW: BOUCHERON’S NEW MAHARAJAH

THE FRENCH JEWELER DRAWS INSPIRATION FROM ONE OF THEIR MOST IMPRESSIVE ORDERS OF THE PAST. BORING? AU CONTRAIRE – UTTERLY ASTONISHING!

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If a Maharajah opened the doors of Boucheron’s studio today, what would he say?

The Maharajahs of India did not mind dressing up in the most expensive, sumptuous and rarе gems from tip to toe. The extravagant Maharajah Sir Bhupinder Singh, ruler of the princely state of Patiala from 1900 to 1938, was no exception – rather, an exemplary connoisseur of opulent and magnificent jewels.

According to Alain Boucheron, in 1927, the pompous arrival of the Maharajah to Place Vendôme was accompanied by caskets filled with a prodigious amount of precious stones -emeralds, sapphires, rubies and pearls (Master Jewelers by A. Kenneth Snowman).

A tribute to prosperity, high mastership and extreme beauty, Boucheron’s New Maharajah collection stands at the junction of two eras, two distinctive cultures and mindsets: those grandiose jewels created by Boucheron for the Maharajah of the past, and twenty-first century Europe.

Boucheron is building a bridge across centuries and continents. The Maison’s Creative Director, Claire Choisne, revisited one of the most desirable orders ever placed at Place Vendôme and figured out what they could offer to a modern Maharajah.

An epitome of jewelry tradition and history, this French luxury jewelry house, dating back to the 19th century, brings together advanced technology, cutting-edge craftsmanship, the highest industry standards and impressive heritage jewels.

In this new collection, curious and innovative Claire made a radical decision to use, with just a few exceptions, mainly transparent and white gems and metals: diamonds, pearls, rock crystal and white gold. She modernized the archive designs by resizing them and making them multifunctional, to fit the purposes and lifestyle of the contemporary international elite.

The New Maharani parure comprises three dramatic and delicate necklaces: the Majestic Lotus Necklace, the Crystal Necklace, and the Nacre Necklace, which were designed to be worn together. However, each of these masterpieces also shines on its own. Besides, the necklaces may be disassembled, rearranged and transformed into multiple wearable versions.

In the monochrome Majestic Lotus Choker Necklace, resembling, according to Claire Choisne, a diamond lace, diamonds intersperse with the pure drops of rock crystal to make the magnificent, transformable piece look featherlight.

The New Maharani Crystal Necklace, with several strands of carved stone crystal, interspersed with diamond details and white pearls, is closed at the back with cords and adorned with pearl tassels.

Meanwhile, the New Maharani Nacre Necklace has a large, flat tassel, crowned with a diamond and mother-of-pearl lotus flower, and can be transformed into as many as seven different forms, including a short necklace and two pearl bracelets.

Rock crystal symbolizes purity of thought, innocence and fidelity. The ten subtle New Churiyans Bracelets were inspired by the bangles of Indian brides. Their coquettish, tinkling sound is a subtle reminder of the wearer’s presence at any occasion and in any location. When not adorning the wrist, they can be stored on a mother-of-pearl bobbin, designed specifically for them. 

The product of innovation and the inquisitive mind of the creators, this retrospect with its modern outlook is anything but old-fashioned. The advanced technology and design, the sublime, monochrome and tastefully transparent palette, intelligent and masterful use of beaming diamonds, opalescent pearls and water-clear crystal make for an astonishing result, bound to remain in the history of jewelry. 

JEWELRY BY NIKOS KOULIS: WHERE LUXURY MEETS MASTERY

IF “EMOTIONAL JEWELS WITH THE INTENSITY OF A LOVE AFFAIR” IS WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR, YOU CAME TO THE RIGHT PLACE

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Master of design, Nikos Koulis effortlessly fuses the strict, geometric motifs of Art Deco with refined, feminine flavor. Dynamic and light, with clean lines and intricate settings, his pieces radiate timeliness and timelessness with luxury expressed through a prism of meticulous craftsmanship and quality.

Nikos Koulis has a growing collection of trophies for his designs: the GEM Award 2020 in Jewelry Design; Couture Design Award 2015 in the Bridal Category; in 2016 and 2018
in the Haute Couture Category; in 2019 in the Gold Category – and the list goes on. But we should let his pieces speak for themselves.

A dynamic and flawless blend of gold, diamonds, colored gems and enamel produce ever-relevant jewels with a liberating, modern twist.

Most of Nikos’s collections are implemented in the classic black and white palette, while the addition of deep green emeralds, sensual pearls and seductive rubies adds a game-changing, uplifting touch.

The three pieces featured in this article, all set with white diamonds and emeralds, from the V and the Universe Line collections, carry a straightforward message: design dominates.

Nikos plays with shapes, repetitions and deceptively simple combinations to achieve a distinctive aesthetic: quintessential sophistication mixed with Western minimalism. The open triangle earrings from the V collection, in white gold, with white diamonds, emeralds and glossy black enamel, are an elegant experiment with the classic geometric shape.

The dangling, long earrings from the same collection, in white gold, set with white diamonds and emeralds, are a stunner. The exquisite stones in special shades and cuts are sourced by Nikos Koulis from all over the world.

In the long, chandelier earrings from his Universe Line collection – white gold with white diamonds and emerald – the masterful use of clear, translucent enamel enriches the natural radiance of the gems.

Nikos Koulis has tapped into the zeitgeist of today. Will he also become the designer of the future? With the artistic potential that he has exhibited so far, he sure can.

 

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