To celebrate its 160th anniversary with a splash, Boucheron is going to unveil new jewellery designs across all its collections, including one-off high-jewellery pieces – and will stage Vendôrama, a glittering Parisian exhibition of its work as part of its birthday bash, opening at the Monnaie de Paris from January 12 to 28.
New additions (priced from £1,600) to Boucheron’s Serpent Bohème collection – an icon of the house, first conceived in 1968 – is a diamond-studded yellow-gold Pompon necklace, while rhodolite and malachite will be used for the first time, adding pops of vibrant colour to signature rings and drop earrings.
Its signature animal motifs – 20 species already roam its collection to date – welcome the wolf and owl to the pack. The face of a wolf creates a fierce white gold and diamond ring with sapphire eyes, plus an art deco-style sautoir necklace in which it clasps an emerald, onyx and briolette diamond bead tassel, while the yellow sapphire eyes of the owl lend a fiery touch to a white gold and diamond ring.
Ivy has inspired numerous Boucheron designs, and for its birthday is reimagined as leafy diamonds set against a mass of black spinels. Meanwhile, its Reflet watch – a timepiece emblematic of 1950s design – now comes with a diamond-studded pink dial and coordinating pale-blush strap.
The pièce de résistance, nonetheless, is its couture collection, a clutch of one-off high-jewellery pieces (from £15,000) by creative director Claire Choisne, which are crafted from diamonds and mother-of-pearl – the new articulated headband is especially enticing.
Boucheron’s Parisian retrospective Vendôrama will highlight its celebrations and take visitors on a journey of discovery: from its 1858 origins to its modern-day gem collections. The exhibition is to be immersive, and high-tech interactive screens will tell its story alongside displays of archive books, commissions and objects of interest. Touchscreens will reveal the art of gem polishing and cutting, while an augmented reality app will allow visitors to apply paint colours to real-life sketches.
The exhibition’s setting is equally engaging: a transparent structure set in the classical gardens of a 1,150-year-old Parisian institution – designed to represent the coming together of past and present. The garden already accommodates a private residence designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, the architect behind Place Vendôme – Boucheron’s smart Parisian address – and to mark its anniversary, it will restore the outdoor space to its former glory.