French jewelry house Boucheron is one of the most coveted creme-de-la-creme of luxury jewelry brands world wide. Spotted on almost every celeb you can name, commissioned to design special orders by Royalty from east to west to (including India!), Boucheron is a brand that came into being back in 1858.
BLEU DE JODHPUR
Since the first journey of Louis Boucheron in 1909, the architecture of India’s palaces, the colors of its cities never ceased to inspire the Maison in its creations. Boucheron’s newest haute jewelry collection Bleu de Jodhpur, is born out of a collaboration with the Maharaja of Jodhpur, Gaj Singh II. The collection through it’s simply exquisite pieces tries to capture the je ne sais quoi of the city of Jodhpur.
Maharaja Gaj Singh with Boucheron’s creative director Ms. Choisne
WHAT THE EYE DOESN’T SEE…
Some of the designs are almost innovations in the world of jewelry designing. The Plume de Paon necklace, is a technical marvel because it’s the first time marble has been used in haute jewelry. Like the creative director, Ms. Choisne says, “The Plume de Paon necklace is a paradox. It’s a feather, a feather is light, but it’s made of marble and marble is hard, marble is heavy, but cut so thin, it becomes light.”
SAND FROM THAR DESERT IN JEWELRY!
The Nagaur necklace also uses an unexpected material: sand from the Thar desert that surrounds the medieval Mehrangarh Fort, captured in a transparent rock crystal pendant shaped to echo the fort’s geometry.
THE REVERSIBLE NECKLACE NAMED JODHPUR – TOOK 1700 HOURS TO MAKE
The reversible Jodhpur necklace in the collection took 1,700 hours to fabricate, with linear Makrana marble (where Taj Mahal’s marble came from!) and diamond drops on one side. On the opposite, a classic Indian floral motif in sapphires that seems to float on rock crystal. It also tries to capture the the city’s play of white and blue light. The Jodhpur necklace weighs a relatively light 490g, thanks to the marble being hand-carved to just 1mm thick in some places. This feat has never before been achieved in jewellery and is testament to the skills of Boucheron’s Place Vendôme craftsmen
Jodhpur: The first necklace to use 6,01 cts kite diamond, marble, rock crystal, paved with sapphires and diamonds, on white gold
The Plume de Paon sells for more than 1 million euros, as do many of the largest of the 100 designs in the Bleu de Jodhpur collection. Prices start at €50,000.
Just like Cartier’s Trinity ring, Boucheon’s Quatre ring is an icon coveted equally by men and women. Read more about this timeless classic here.
Among the 60 pieces showcased in Paris were the Aigle de Jodhpur brooch, crafted from white gold, marble and diamonds; the Tiger ring containing a 12-carat Burmese ruby; the Jodhpur Eagle ring made with a stonking 21-carat tanzanite, and a brooch featuring an emerald which once sat in a Maharaja’s belt buckle.
THE BELIEVE-IT-OR-NOT INDIA CONNECTION
In 1928, Maison Boucheron created 149 designs for the Maharaja of Patiala in 1928. The order is so legendary that it’s recorded in their archives and is a landmark in the historic journey of the House of Boucheron. One day, he arrived at Boucheron from the Ritz with a casket full of stones — an astonishing 566 carats of diamonds and 7,800 carats of emeralds — and ordered them all turned into jewelry for himself.
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