We went backstage at the Biennale des Antiquaires for a look behind the scenes at one of Paris’s most talked-about biennial events. At this year’s fine jewellery showcase, brands such as Cartier, Bulgari and Chaumet displayed exquisite pieces alongside Piaget, Van Cleef & Arpels and Chanel.
The spectacular event was attended by visitors from countries around the world, including Russia, the Ukraine and Turkey; VIP guests from China and Japan were also in attendance.
We spoke to Nicolas Bos, the creative director of Van Cleef & Arpels, and he guided us through the inspiration behind selected pieces. This year the Parisian jeweller focused on symbols of luck, taking inspiration from nature and classic fairytales.
Many international visitors recognised symbols from their own cultures, such as Chinese dragons. Other motifs included the Swiss edelweiss flower, alongside pieces that referenced the jeweller’s history of working with the Russian ballet.
Chaumet’s collection, which included just 40 pieces of jewellery, 12 created exclusively for the event, was also prominent at the Biennale; we also interviewed the brand’s workshop director.
With an extensive VIP guestlist and and high-profile visitors from around the world in attendance, the 26th Biennale jewellery event proved a major success.