It has become quite the thing for jewellery houses to add sunglasses to their accessories portfolio. Cartier has had them for many years and more recently Bulgari. Now that the Kering Group, which owns several jewellery brands, has taken its sunglasses manufacture in-house, it is energising production. First Pomellato introduced light, modern, slightly cat-eye styles in a clever homage to its 1960s heritage. Now Kering’s flagship jeweller Boucheron, which previously had a sunglasses range made under licence, has added a new level of luxury with a subtly glamorous all-gold design (£865) that directly references one of the brand’s most iconic jewellery motifs, the Serpent Bohème.
The snake head, long regarded in Europe as a symbol of wellbeing and protection, was first used by Frédéric Boucheron in 1888 in a necklace design for his wife. The same motif, currently employed by the house for one of its most popular jewellery ranges, forms the hinged sidepiece of the glasses.
The large, round, slightly 1970s-style mineral lenses come from top-quality Italian maker Barberini and are made even more flattering by an elliptical outer ring of beaded gold taken from the setting behind the snake’s head, the slight gap between it and the lens, adding to an overall light and airy impression. Jewel craft is expressed in the frames being made by the traditional lost wax method; they are plated in gold and set with Swarovski crystals. Only 500 pairs are being made, some of which will arrive at the London flagship on Thursday September 29.