For its Trésors d’Afrique collection, Chaumet took inspiration from, and worked with, Kenyan artist and designer Evans Mbugua, creating state-of-the-art high jewellery. There are five themes; Ronde de Pierres, Cascades Royales, Terres d’Or, Espiègleries and Talismania. All explore different aspects of the continent, from art to nature.
A necklace, earrings and rings in the Ronde de Pierres theme feature lines of red spinel, emeralds, sapphires and mandarin garnets and echo the colourful pieces worn by the Dinka and Maasai tribes.
Women’s headdresses and bridalwear of different African cultures influenced Cascades Royales. Chaumet’s delicate fils couteau technique is used to create the finest of settings for black onyx and marquise-cut diamonds, with Muzo emeralds bringing a vibrant splash of green to the monochrome palette.
Terres d’Or uses a red and gold colour scheme in reference to Kente and Kasai cloths. Pigeon blood rubies and yellow sapphires are paired in curving, fluid lines, as seen in long earrings and a ‘secret’ watch that looks like a bracelet.
For the Espiègleries theme, Chaumet worked closely with Evans Mbugua. The artist is known for his colourful portraits, and he designed a playful collection of six brooches for Chaumet. Each brooch draws on Africa’s unique wildlife. Designs include an elephant carrying a bunch of flowers in its trunk, a giraffe with its head in the clouds and a monkey sitting on a zebra’s back.
African art and ornaments are referenced in the Talismania cufflinks and rings. Stones cut as sugar loaf cabochons are incorporated in sculptural designs of voluminous proportions, and woven strands of gold are a nod to Rwandan agaseke baskets.
Chaumet’s expertise is made evident in this colourful tribute to sub-Saharan Africa. Fine gemstones and gold are paired in extraordinary colour and texture combinations, bringing Les Mondes de Chaumet to a triumphant close.
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