Starting off in wintry Russia with the Promenades Impériales collection, Chaumet then journeyed to Japan in springtime for Chant du Printemps. Now, for the third and final destination in the French jeweller's culturally rich Les Mondes de Chaumet high jewellery trilogy, Chaumet ventures into Africa. Or more specifically, sub-Saharan Africa.
It was an encounter with Kenyan artist Evans Mbugua that sparked Chaumet's maiden voyage towards this part of the continent. Not only did Mbugua inspire the collection with his work, he also developed and designed a series of brooches for one of the five themes in Trésors d'Afrique. Like a tale told in five parts, each theme in the collection expresses a different facet of sub-Saharan Africa, paying tribute to its natural, cultural and artistic riches.
Inspired by the graphic headdresses worn by the Rwandan queens and the elaborate ornaments of Kenyan Samburu brides, Cascades Royales is an opulent collection of jewellery wth dangling, fringe-like pendants.
Chaumet really shows off its mastery of metal savoir faire in the Talismania bracelets and rings. Around vibrant sugar-loaf-cut stones, different coloured golds are woven to resemble the method used to make Agaseke, the traditional handcrafted wicker baskets of Rwanda.
The pieces in Terres d'Or are reminiscent of the motifs on Kente fabrics, which are interwoven cloth strips native to Ghana, and Kasai velvets, which are woven cloths embroidered with geometric designs.
Ronde De Pierres
Ronde de Pierres is Chaumet's modern interpretation of the colourful beaded jewellery worn by the Dinka tribe of Sudan or the Maasai people. Beads of red spinels, emeralds, sapphires and mandarin garnets are outlined by black spinels on black rhodium-plated gold and diamonds.
When exploring a continent so famous for its safaris, it seems only right to celebrate the wildlife that roam its lands. Kenyan artist Evans Mbugua designed a series of six whimisical brooches inspired by African animals including the elephant, zebra, monkey, giraffe, lion and flamingo.