French luxury jeweller Chaumet made a very grand entrance to mark its arrival into Australia.
In honour of the occasion, Mr. Jean-Marc Mansvelt, Chief- Executive- Officer of Chaumet, hosted eighty guests at the iconic Catalina Restaurant in Rose Bay.

Names included Nicolas Croizer, French Consul General, as well as Elizabeth Debicki, Natasha Bordizzo, Lily Sullivan, Amanda Shadforth, Gracie Otto, Tanja Gacic, Talisa Sutton, Michael Cheika, Glenn McGrath and Kaitlyn Ham, all wearing jewellery from Chaumet.

The landmark restaurant was awash with Bleu de Sèvres – the distinctive colour of Chaumet and referring to royalty – whilst guests were transported into a world of French romance with champagne, florals and a contemporary French harpist.

Chaumet showcased its high jewellery creations, sharing insight into the craftsmanship, beauty and quality of the Maison. The most distinguished pieces from the evening included the Josephine Aigrette Imperiale ruby diadem – a modern interpretation and precious reflection of the refined taste of its muse, Empress Josephine.

The diadem characterizes ‘the art of the line’– moving lines like living nature, elevation, ascending movement, in line with Chaumet style.

Meticulous techniques of traditional craftsmanship like the “fil-couteau” or openwork, including Joséphine Aigrette’s Impériale tiara in white gold set with a pear-shaped Pigeon’s Blood ruby weighing 2.66 carats from Mozambique and brilliant-cut diamonds.

La Nature De Chaumet Collection was also presented, expressing the identity of Chaumet while revealing its vision of nature. It included the Firmament apollinien necklace, combining the celestial blue of Burmese sapphires with the opalescent blue of sculpted moonstone and the Passion incarnat tiara with incandescent red spinels and rhodolite garnets.

Models adorned the High Jewellery sets and through their grace and strength epitomized the Maison’s muse, Empress Josephine. The collection is a precious echo of its muse’s taste, sophisticated and feminine, born of a constantly renewed illustrious history.

“The Australian people have a deep appreciation for precious gems and beautiful creations, combined with a strong engagement with arts. This naturally connects the Australian culture to the world of luxury jewellery, and we are proud that Chaumet could make this link in Sydney”, said Mr. Mansvelt.

Established in 1780, Chaumet was the first jeweller on Place Vendome, creating fine jewellery, high jewellery and tiaras for the worlds royalty. Chaumet’s history has been intimately linked with the history of France. Marie-Étienne Nitot, Founder of the House, established his own aristocratic clientele and became the official jeweller to Emperor Napoleon the First and Empress Josephine.

For 238 years at the very heart of the Place Vendôme, the High Jewellery savoir-faire of the Maison has been passed down through generations of jewellers. Chaumet is now open in Westfield Sydney CBD.

Source: Chaumet