It’s day 3 of the high jewellery presentations in Paris and the maisons are all out to impress. My day started out with a private tour of the new Chaumet exhibition—Végétal – L’École de la Beauté—at Les Beaux‑Arts de Paris, before heading to Place Vendôme to get a closer look at Van Cleef & Arpels’ breathtaking high jewellery collection, and ending off at La Gaîté Lyrique for Hermès’ exuberant presentation/performance showcasing its Les jeux de l'ombre high jewellery collection.
Admiring the beauty of nature in Chaumet’s new exhibition
The connection between man and nature runs deep, and Chaumet is exploring the intertwined relationship between the two in a fabulous new exhibition at Les Beaux‑Arts de Paris titled Végétal – L’École de la Beauté. For the uninitiated, the title roughly translates to “the school of beauty”, and it was put together by celebrated botanist Marc Jeanson (more on him here), who created a magnificent exploration of nature’s impact on fashion, furniture, and jewellery, of course. Walking through the exhibition, which spans two floors, my guide and I drifted between some truly sparkling examples of man’s ingenuity and craftsmanship, among them tiaras and diadems that took inspiration from a sheaf of wheat or a sprig of oak (acorns and all), art deco bracelets with ginkgo leaf motifs, and more.