Aficionados of high jewellery are in for a treat this week as designer Lorenz Bäumer brings his latest pieces to London for the first time. Perhaps best known in wider circles as the design hand behind Louis Vuitton’s high-jewellery collections, he has had his own successful atelier in Paris for 20 years, hidden in the city's jewellery heart of the Place Vendôme, until last June, when he opened a boutique in the corner of the square between the Ritz and the Schiaparelli apartment – perfect neighbours for his top-level work.
Normally a trip to Paris is the only way to buy from or commission Bäumer, so the London week – which follows a successful visit to New York last year – is especially rare. Born in America to European diplomatic-service parents, Bäumer travelled widely as a child and today takes inspiration, and collects the best stones, from all corners of the globe. Originally trained as an engineer, he says his two passions are architecture and the sea, both subtly evident in his very distinctive, clean-lined and fluid work, often combined with major gems in unusual colours.
He plans to bring up to 180 pieces to the Dorchester Hotel, from March 10 to 14, where he will meet both new and established London-based clients, and discuss new commissions. The pieces vary from a two-piece (one hexagon, one circle), interlocking gold wedding ring at under €1,000 (second picture), the signature Battement du Coeur diamond ring (€3,850, first picture), which echoes a heartbeat ECG trace, to the angular diamond and white gold Mikado ring (€12,850, third picture) and the glinting aquamarine and diamond Cubiste earrings (€51,800, fourth picture). There are also unique pieces, especially bracelets and rings featuring organic shapes, a mix of coloured stones – tourmalines, tsavorites, diamond, various sapphires – that are sometimes carved and metals (he often uses titanium for cuffs), and the pieces can top €300,000. But not all is at that level; for original, modern, beautiful, good-value design, go see.