Drawing on Chaumet’s historic relationship with Empress Joséphine, the latest installment in the jeweller’s iconic Joséphine collection features a contemporary mixture of materials. Diamond-set headdresses are elevated by pops of pearl, pendants showcase splashes of watery-blue aquamarine and rings are wrought in slivers of rose gold.
The house’s founder, Marie-Étienne Nitot, was the official jeweller of Napoléon I and his wife, Empress Joséphine, was one of maison’s most loyal customers. Sensual, feminine and playful, these new additions are breathtakingly beautiful––not unlike South Korean superstar Song Hye-Kyo, who fronts the collection’s new campaign.
Read Tatler’s exclusive interview with Hye-Kyo here.
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Tell us about the new Chaumet Joséphine collection.
I think the new collection represents elegance and femininity, which is very quintessentially Chaumet. The style is also distinctive of its muse, Empress Joséphine––an exceptional woman of yesterday who continues to inspire women like myself in the present era.
How does this new collection speak to your personal style?
It is great that the jewellery pieces offer many different styling possibilities for me. I prefer a simple yet timeless style but I am always happy to dress up in different looks whenever I go for events or photoshoots. The new designs imbue a delicate and graceful style when I am wearing a dress, or add a sense of contrasting dynamism and confident femininity to a stylish outfit. I truly enjoy the character and the emotions that the pieces convey.
This collection embodies the many facets of Empress Joséphine––a woman who exudes confidence, femininity, elegance and exquisite style. Do you relate to these qualities personally?
It is really admirable to personify grace and style like Empress Joséphine. I consider such qualities like confidence, femininity, elegance and exquisite style important to me as an actress. While it is not easy to achieve all of these qualities at once, I do my best to stay honest to my beliefs and I hope that over time I will be able to live up to these remarkable qualities as well.
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