Anatomy of a Success: The Quatre Rings by Boucheron

Its combination of materials and textures have made it one of the biggest "jewellery hits" of the 21st century. The well-deserved success of Boucheron’s Quatre rings series is based on their contemporary yet evocative design, which tells the story of the first jeweler on Place Vendôme in Paris and the spirit of the City of Light...
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Four pieces, seamlessly woven together

When it was first presented in 2004, the Quatre Ring made a strong impression. Four pieces joined together seamlessly, four different golds - yellow, pink, white and chocolate (thanks to a PVD coating) along with four singular motifs. At the core of the new collection was the double decorative gadroon, the intricate Clou de Paris, along with the grosgrain and the mirror setting (with some pieces decorated with diamonds). Over the past 16 years, the popularity of blending textures has remained. 

The genius of the house has continued to grow while celebrating the traditional know-how of its gold sculptor craftsmen and its founder. These two factors powerfully manifest within the grosgrain motif that recalls the origins of the house’s founder, Frédéric Boucheron, whose parents were clothmakers.

Clou de Paris

This decorative technique was first created in the 16th century. It is one of the most frequently used decorations in fine watchmaking. Boucheron has transposed this finish into its key jewellery pieces and made it one of its favourite motifs. It is easy to understand why: the pyramidal heads separated by grooves are of great beauty. Moreover, the shape of their design evokes Parisian cobblestones, a nod to the brands heritage, reminding everyone that the Parisian jewellery house is very much a product of its founder, Frédéric Boucheron, who first chose to set up shop on Place Vendôme and contributed more than any other house to make this area of the city a global epicentre of luxury and jewellery.

Double gadroon

An ornament in relief, the gadroon has been an essential part of the French house's design since the end of the 19th century. Rumour has it that it was created in 1889 by Frédéric Boucheron using a technique, known as the chimney-piece technique, which allows different gold rushes to be assembled. Its rounded shape is a symbol for eternity, it also expresses the extent of the know-how implemented in a collection that reinvents itself ad infinitum: in the white of the ceramics, in the brilliant black of the PVD, in the monochrome and geometric openings of the radiant version that sensually transforms the skin jewel.

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Mirror setting

The true Parisian is not the woman who was born in Paris but the one who took refuge there, if only by imagination. This is what we think of when we contemplate the golden ring which is characterized by its mirror setting, offering light for reverberation. The richness and prismatic diversity of the ring will evoke, depending on the temperament of the observer, the balustrades of Buddhist stupas, the tight Ottoman weaving, the Romanesque mouldings. In the end, Quatre is also the jewel of inner journeys.

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