• German Wedding Ceremony


     bouquet of heirloom roses for a German wedding ceremony A gorgeous bouquet of heirloom roses for a German wedding ceremony. Photo courtesy of Pexels.

     

    A German wedding ceremony begins before the couple arrives at the church. While the bride prepares for the day, the groom arrives at her home. Expecting to find his blushing bride, he may be astonished when a burly man dressed in white opens the door.

     

    Making Deals

    Once he makes a deal with the faux bride, he may enter the house to find an array of brides. Which one is his? He must approach each one and strike a deal until he finds his true bride.

    Once he finds her, he better hold on tight. It's time to ride together to the church. In centuries past, the bride and groom led a grand procession of guests to the church.

    Along the way, they might encounter road blocks devised by the young men of their village. To remove the chains or ropes from the path, the groom had to pay a toll to the young men.

    While uproarious and fun, these antics may have been borne out of superstition. Traditional folklore led to worry that the bride might be sought by evil spirits. In order to ward them off, her family and friends hid her to try to fool the spirits.

     

    A German Wedding Ceremony

    In Germany, a couple must wed at the registry several days before commencing with a church wedding. Given that, the bride and groom proceeded down the aisle together.

    In yet another effort to ward off evil spirits, the couple walked as closely together as possible to keep anything from coming between them. They stand at the altar alone, without any attendants and without the American custom of giving away the bride.

    Having chosen the music and a verse of Scripture ahead of time, their preferences are incorporated into a long religious ritual. A German wedding ceremony includes songs, a sermon given by a pastor or priest, and communion.

     

    More Antics

    During communion, the couple typically kneels. Appearing most chivalrous, the groom allows his bride to kneel first. Then he makes a big show of kneeling after her, making sure to pin her dress down with one of his knees. In this way, he ensures he will "wear the pants" in the relationship.

    Not to be outdone, the bride makes sure that she steps on the groom's foot as they stand. This gives her the upper hand in the relationship.

    After the pronouncement of their betrothal, the couple greets their guests one by one. As they go, the bride cuts portions of the long white ribbon tied to her bouquet. Each guest receives a piece to tie to the antenna of his or her car.

    Upon arriving at the exit doors, the bride and groom may find their way blocked. This time, by ribbons strung across the doorway. In order to pass, the bride and groom must promise a fabulous party for all who wish to attend.

    As well-wishers shower them with confetti or rice, the bride and groom step into a car elaborately decorated with flowers and ribbons. The guests follow behind the wedding car, white ribbons flapping in the wind, heading to the reception.

  • Michele della Valle at Sotheby's Noble Jewels Auction

    Ruby Rose by Michele Della Valle Ruby Rose by Michele Della Valle. Photo courtesy Sotheby's.

     

    Michele Della Valle crafted this superb ruby rose brooch from hundreds of circular-cut, calibré-cut, and cabochon rubies. This gemstone masterpiece recently sold at Sotheby's Geneva for $51,000, during their Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels.

    The sale also included several other pieces by Michele Della Valle, including a magnificent sapphire necklace. All told, the works of the renowned jeweler realized over $128,000.

     

    Joie de Vivre

    Michele Della Valle embodies joy, whimsy, and creativity, both in his life and in his work. Inspired by the sea, the faceted beauty of gemstones, lines of great poetry, and wondrous adventure, he infuses every piece with energy and passion.

    "Jewelry must bring joy...I try to transform my emotions into jewelry," he told Sotheby's. {source}

    Every piece must convey an emotion and carry a message. Hence every jewel he creates sparks with energy, empowering its wearer to live the message. With this trademark approach, Michele Della Valle has carved an important niche for himself as a jeweler.

     

    Michele Della Valle, The Early Days

    Born in Rome, Michele Della Valle began designing costume jewelry at age 16. His passion for beautiful stones carried him to Burma in the mid-1970s. There, he purchased his first stone. Urged by an industry insider, he took the stone to Hans Nadelhoffer, head of Christie's jewelry department.

    That meeting launched his start in designing with precious stones. Two years later, he opened his own workshop in Rome. Frequent trips to Asia in search of magnificent stones led to a collaboration with Bulgari.

     

    Lyrical Masterpieces

    Over the years, he perfected his unique artistic style. Exquisite flowers rendered in shiny gemstones elicit rapturous memories of childhood days. A basket of blue forget-me-nots evokes memories of May Day knocks on the door. Circlets of violets conjure memories of kneeling in the grass with childhood friends, dreaming of Prince Charming. Sunflower earrings glow with the warmth of the summer sun.

    Every one a lyrical masterpiece, touched by the hand of the maestro and crafted with excellence to the meticulous standards of masters of the craft.

    His exquisite approach to design dazzled the tastemakers in Italy. A decade later, Michele moved to Geneva to establish himself as a jeweler among jewelers. His appointment-only atelier attracts the most elite of clientele. His name continues to be a whisper upon the wind, although his lyrical approach continues to gain momentum as more and more of his pieces sell for high prices at auction.

  • German Wedding Rings + Attire

    German wedding 1901.

    German wedding 1901. Herr Von Ploennies, the Queensland Consul for Germany, married on 9 April 1901. 

    German wedding attire has changed somewhat over the centuries. Modern German brides wear white, of course. Their grooms wear dark suits or tuxedos. It wasn't always so.

     

    The German Wedding Dress

    Traditionally, German brides wore black. She dressed at her parents' home, and her groom came for her wearing church clothes. This likely changed after Queen Victoria adopted black as the official mourning color in the 1860s.

    From then on, German brides chose a dress of their choice. While the dress might have been a simple everyday frock, she might decorate it elaborately with flowers and ribbons.

    Modern German brides wear white ballgowns, a tradition that took hold after several of Queen Victoria's daughters wore white for their weddings in the late 1800s. Today's bride also wears a fingertip veil, unless she marries in the Catholic church.

    A church wedding demands a floor-length veil trailing elegantly behind the bride down the aisle. She carries a traditional bouquet of white roses, orchids, and Bells of Mary (lilies of the valley). Her groom wears a suit or tuxedo.

     

    Rings + Things

    Tied to her bouquet, the bride may carry a long white ribbon which comes into play as their guests depart for the reception. She may also wear white gloves and carry a small drawstring purse, for tissue and lip gloss, I presume.

    The groom carries a bit of grain for luck and wealth, and the bride carries a pinch of salt and a piece of bread to ensure a good harvest. In addition to her wedding jewelry, a German bride might also wear a jeweled tiara or a circlet of flowers.

    German couples exchange rings during their wedding ceremony. Customarily, they choose simple gold bands without diamonds. They wear these bands on their right ring finger to symbolize their union.

  • Color Change Sapphires Properties + Characteristics


    Color Change Sapphires Engagement Ring Color Change Sapphire Engagement Ring. Click here for more details. Photo ©2018 EraGem Jewelry.

     

    Color change sapphires elevate corundum to a whole new level. This gorgeous 14k white gold ring features a stunning 3.6 carat color-change sapphire. Under indoor lighting conditions, the gem appears a rich purple-blue color. However, outside it radiates a distinctive green-blue color. This rare phenomenon transforms an already exceptional stone into an unrivaled jewel.

     

    Color Change Sapphires

    Many semi-precious stones demonstrate pleochroism, which means they appear to change color when viewed from different angles. This is not the phenomenon that takes place with color change sapphires.

    The shift in color with sapphires occurs with the type of light, not the direction of the light. It begins with the formation of the crystal. Most gemstones form with only one light transmission window. However, color change sapphires form with two light transmission windows.

    This means the stone absorbs all frequencies of light except two. Typically, these types of sapphires reflect blue in natural sunlight and violet indoors. They can also change between red and brown, green and red, green and yellow-green, and several more.

     

    Where They're Found

    Color change sapphires typically hail from Tanzania and Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Also, more recently they have been found in Madagascar. They appear only very rarely, which makes them all the more desirable.

    As with most colorful gemstones, their colors arise from the presence of trace elements. When present together, iron and titanium color corundum blue. Iron with vanadium produces gold and orange hues.

    Meanwhile, by itself iron lends corundum green and yellow-green hues. Vanadium on its own renders them violet, and chromium adds pink tones.

     

    Determining Value

    The industry grades color change sapphires slightly differently than they do regular sapphires. Whereas sapphires typically rate first on carat, clarity, and cut, experts grade color change sapphires first on how striking the change of color.

    Grades range from weak, to medium, to strong. The greater the strength of the color change, the greater the value. Next they consider the breadth of the change, how much of the stone changes color under different lighting conditions. Again, the greater the transformation, the better.

    Cut and clarity remain important factors in determining the value of a color change sapphire. However, it is extremely rare for a sapphire of this nature to grow free of impurities. Therefore, inclusions do not always drive the price down.

    Still, we recommend approaching the purchase of a color change sapphire with caution. Choose a reputable jeweler who discloses as much about the stone as possible. Particularly, make sure they divulge any treatments made to the stone, as treatments do affect value.

    It would be our privilege to share our collection of color change sapphires with you. Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

  • Citrine Properties and Characteristics

     

    Munsteiner Cut Citrine Bracelet Munsteiner Cut Citrine Bracelet. Click here for more details. Photo ©2018 EraGem Jewelry.

     

    In 1912, the American National Association of Jewelers adopted citrine (yellow quartz) as the official birthstone for November. It shares this distinction with November's other birthstone, topaz. While topaz radiates in many different shades, yellow quartz sticks to shades of brown, yellow, and orange.

     

    A Small Range of Colors

    Citrine is a variety of quartz crystal. Quartz comes in many different varieties, including yellow quartz's violet twin amethyst. I call them twins because amethyst transforms into the yellow gemstone when heated.

    Amethyst is fairly abundant in the earth, whereas natural citrine rarely forms. For it to occur, portions of the quartz minerals must have been subjected to extreme temperatures within the earth.

    Natural citrine crystallizes in shades of pale yellow to pale orange. Since natural deposits remain scarce, the gemstone industry embraces the use of heat-treated quartz for jewelry. Heat-treated yellow quartz always features a red tint. It appears in shades of dark orange-brown to dark reddish-brown. These mesmerizing shades are surpassed only by medium golden orange and deep sherry.

     

    Three Types of Citrine

    This beautiful citrusy gemstone comes in three types: aluminum, iron, and heat-treated amethyst. Quartz assumes different colors when traces of other minerals form within the crystal lattice. The presence of aluminum and the subjection to natural heat causes aluminum citrine to form.

    Aluminum elicits shades of yellow, sometimes with a slightly greenish tint. On occasion, glimpses of smoky quartz appear. Mineralogists struggle to agree on why the presence of aluminum sometimes results in pure smoky quartz and sometimes results in the formation of yellow quartz. The strongest theory for this involves the ratio of aluminum to lithium. The ratio between these to elements also affects the depth of color.

    Iron-infused yellow quartz primarily result from artificial processes. Scientists grow quartz crystals from a hot silica and water solution. When they add iron to the solution, the resulting specimens form in shades of yellow. Experts estimate that this type of citrine formation sometimes takes place naturally, as well.

    Finally, heat treatment of amethysts and other quartz specimens results in citrine. Many years ago, the heat treatment of amethysts to form yellow quartz was a common practice. This is why the gemstone industry readily accepts the use of heat-treated citrine in jewelry. This is especially true for antique and vintage jewels.

    Citrine formed in this fashion is easily identified. For one thing, the tips of the crystal will show a deeper yellow. Also, the coloring may be more concentrated or patchy under the r-rhombohedra. Finally, the absence of dichroism confirms heat treatment. Natural yellow quartz will demonstrate at least a slight amount of dichroism.

    At EraGem, we offer a variety of shades and types of citrine. Call today to make an appointment to visit our showroom. See which type suits you best!

  • Rare and Beautiful Moss-in-Snow Jade


    Moss-In-Snow Jade & Diamond 18K Two Tone Gold Pendant Necklace Moss-in-Snow Jade & Diamond Pendant. Click here for more details. Photo ©2018 EraGem Jewelry.

     

    Moss-in-snow jade is a rare and beautiful form of jade highly valued by collectors. This gorgeous two-tone gold necklace features two pieces of the rare jade, one free-form and one intricately carved. Accented with 38 round brilliant diamonds, this necklace dazzles while simultaneously grounding the wearer with jade's special properties.

     

    Jade's Special Properties

    Long revered by those in the East, jade enjoys a hallowed place among gemstones, particularly in China. To the Chinese, jade represents benevolence, truth, virtue, and more.

    Specifically, white jade symbolizes nourishment, harmony, grace, and beauty. On the other hand, green jade embodies the five human virtues: wisdom, justice, compassion, modesty, and justice.

    Moss-in-Snow jade, or Hua hsueh tai tsao (“moss entangled in melting snow”), encompasses the virtuous characteristics of both white and green jade.

     

    Moss-in-Snow Jade

    Primarily found in Burma, this rare and beautiful form of jade most typically features a snowy white backdrop flecked with specks, veins, or streaks of dark green jade. White jade is comprised of a magnesium-rich silicate called nephrite. The green of moss-in-snow jade is also typically nephrite jade.

    Nephrite jade played an important role in ancient Chinese culture, as well as in ancient Maori (New Zealand) culture. The former used nephrite to carve ornamental and sacred objects. It became a symbol of imperial status. The latter carved nephrite into weapons, tools, and ornaments.

    These jade treasures, passed down from generation to generation, sometimes reach the modern world. We are fortunate enough to have a few such pieces to pass along to you. Give us a call today and add one of these heirlooms to your collection.

  • Joanna Krupa Engagement and Wedding Details

     

    Match engagement ring style with Joanna Krupa Match engagement ring style with Joanna Krupa with this gorgeous halo engagement ring. Click here for more details. Photo ©2018 EraGem Jewelry.

     

    Joanna Krupa announced her engagement to Douglas Nunes this past March, surprising her fans with the news. Her engagement ring features what appears to be a cushion- or emerald-cut diamond surrounded by a halo of accent diamonds. Mounted on a platinum pave band, Joanna's ring is of course absolutely dazzling.

     

    Who is Joanna Krupa?

    Fans know Joanna Krupa from her former role in The Real Housewives of Miami. Born in Warsaw, Poland, her parents relocated to Chicago. At the age of 20, she left her home to pursue a dream in L.A. Not surprisingly, her beauty and talent turned her acting and modeling dream into reality.

    Since moving to the United States, Joanna Krupa has guest starred in popular TV shows, such as Las Vegas, CSI. She also competed with Derek Hough on Dancing with the Stars.

    As a supermodel, Joanna has graced the covers of more than a hundred popular magazines. Her beauty captivated list-makers for GQ, Maxim, Playboy, and more, landing her in the spotlight of several "Hot 100" lists. Most recently, she has been in the spotlight for love.

     

    A Wedding in Poland

    Just five months after announcing her engagement, Joanna Krupa walked down the aisle with Douglas Nunes. Going back to her roots, the couple chose a venue in Krakow, Poland. They kept the ceremony simple and intimate.

    Joanna wore an elegant Sylwia Romaniuk gown with a mermaid silhouette. She wore her hair in a sleek bun. She wore a gorgeous art deco-style diamond cuff on her left wrist and drop diamond earrings.

    For her right wrist, she chose a unique red bracelet. She carried a gorgeous bouquet of white, blush, and dark pink peonies. Beautiful, elegant, simple.

  • A Noble Jewel by Sterle at Sotheby's Geneva Auction

     

    Diamond Bracelet by Sterle Diamond Bracelet by Sterle, a noble jewel available at Sotheby's Geneva Noble Jewels Auction in November. Photo courtesy Sotheby's.

     

    Sotheby's Geneva brings to auction an astonishing array of gorgeous jewels at their Magnificent & Noble Jewels auction. Scheduled for November 15th, the sale promises a carefully curated selection of jewels designed by the most prestigious names in jewelry. One such jewel, as shown above, is a gorgeous diamond and platinum bracelet by Sterle.

     

    Sterle Bracelet

    This scrumptious jewel consists of four strands of diamond-encrusted platinum scrunched in the center by a diamond and platinum X. Another platinum X, also inlaid with diamonds, serves as a decoration over the clasp.

    The four lines of diamonds run parallel to each other, crossing at the center X. Two of them are channel set with baguette diamonds. The other two feature round brilliant diamond in prong settings. In similar fashion, the two X decorations echo the design in smaller round diamonds and smaller baguettes.

    Sterle designed this stunning diamond in the 1960s. Listed as Lot 310, curators expect the bracelet to realize $70-90,000. Of course, I believe the inherent value of the name Sterle outweighs the material value of the diamonds.

     

    Sterle Style

    Perhaps the name Pierre Sterle sounds novel to you. In fact, I must confess this bracelet is the first creation by the designer that I've ever seen. For this reason, Fred Leighton calls him "one of the most important jewelry designers you've never heard of."

    Pierre opened an upper story atelier in 1943, just off the Place Vendome in Paris. He chose to serve only the elite of the elite, royals and jet-setting socialites who found their way to his shop by word of mouth.

    The elusive designer specialized in the manipulation of gold to the point that his jewels brimmed with life. Flower rings and brooches the neighbor could have picked from his garden. Birds that took flight. Golden shells enameled in white and inset with diamonds that might have washed up on shore, a home for barnacles.

    Sinuous braids of granulated gold, studded with leafy pendants studded in diamonds. Ribbons and tassels tied in gold, diamonds, and pearls. Gold, diamonds, and pearls fashioned into dragon talons, dragon eggs, and other fantastical creations.

    Of course, he also created a host of jewels set with baguette and brilliant cut white diamonds like this bracelet. Exquisite retro designs crafted in white diamonds. Turban rings, ribbon necklaces, diamond fringe rings, diamond leaf necklaces. The beauty emerges endlessly, yet his name is not on the tip of our tongues.

     

    Who is Pierre Sterle?

    Born at the turn of the 20th century, Pierre came from a family of bankers. The tragic loss of his father to war prompted a change of residence. Now in the charge of his uncle, Pierre learned his uncle's trade - jewelry, of course.

    In 1934, he began designing jewelry for the big names of that time, such as Ostertag, Boucheron, and Chaumet. In 1939, he started crafting select pieces for individuals. His first personal client was the French writer, Colette, author of Gigi and Claudine.

    In 1943, he moved his operations to avenue de l'Opera, a stone's throw from Place Vendome. He remained exclusive in his approach, which only seemed to heighten his appeal. Of course, his exquisite works practically sold themselves.

    Eventually, he received commissions from kings, including King Farouk of Egypt who asked him to fashion a crown for his queen. He also received commissions from the maharani of Baroda.

    Though forced to sell his business in 1976, Pierre came full circle. Chaumet bought his company and hired him as a technical consultant. Evidently, he maintained this connection to nearly the end.

     

    I hope you have enjoyed learning about one of jewelry history's best kept secrets. I surely enjoyed writing about the life and style of Pierre Sterle.

    In addition to the prestigious jewels Pierre made, Sotheby's offers diamonds of impeccable quality and prestigious gems from important and royal provenance. For more information, please visit Sotheby's website.

  • German Betrothal Customs

     


    German betrothal customs include a woman's penny collection to buy her wedding shoes A German daughter saves up coins for all her life until she can buy her wedding shoes after her betrothal. Photo courtesy Flickr.

     

    Though a German betrothal begins when a man proposes, many German women prepare for their marriage long before this. For example, a young German maiden saves her pennies all her life until a man proposes marriage. Then, she uses those pennies to buy her wedding shoes.

    Meanwhile, if her parents follow with ancient traditions, upon her birth they plant a number of trees in her honor. When a suitor pledges marriage, they cut the trees down and sell them to provide her dowry.

     

    A Promise is Made

    Today, German betrothal begins with an exchange of gold bands worn on the fourth finger of their left hands. These engagement rings serve as a pledge of their plans to marry. During the ceremony, they transfer the bands to the fourth finger of their right hands.

    Right away, the couple is dubbed the bride and the bridegroom. Traditionally, their families and friends consider them practically married. The rings serve as a binding promise.

     

    The Banns

    Once a date for the wedding is announced, they arrange for a reading of the banns. I've actually come across this custom in other European betrothal traditions.

    The Banns is a formal announcement, typically made three Sundays in a row at the couple's local church. Some parishes require a reading of the Banns three times over the course of three months prior to the wedding.

    In the case where the bride and groom hail from different parishes (church neighborhoods or towns), the Banns must be read in both churches, as well as in the church in which the ceremony will take place.

    Traditionally, the Banns offered members of the community to come forward with legal reasons to halt or postpone the wedding. Although I see no lists of reasons a person might propose to halt a wedding, I can imagine a few.

    Perhaps the bride has lied about her age and someone comes forward with proof that she fails to meet the legal age requirement. Perhaps the groom habitually proposes, and Banns for another of his supposed weddings were read in a different parish church.

    I know, a bit morbid and out of character from my usual posts. I can jest because typically the reading of the Banns provides a wonderful opportunity for the community to celebrate the couple. It is far more likely that people will come forth with blessings, gifts, or invitations to parties than to try to stop the wedding these days.

    The Inviter

    After the reading of the Banns, the couple designates an official Inviter. I picture the Inviter as a sort of jolly jester who walks from home to home personally inviting neighbors, friends, and family members to the wedding.

    He wears a plain hat and a jacket adorned with ribbons. He also carries a special stick decorated with colorful ribbons and flowers. The couple's friends and neighbors do their part by taking a ribbon from his stick and pinning it to his hat. Then, they invite the Inviter into their home for a good stiff drink.

    Sometimes the inviter reaches his limit before finishing his rounds. In this case, he either completes his rounds the next day, or the remaining neighbors and friends understand that the invitation extends to them, as well.

    On the eve of the wedding, the Inviter serves as the emcee for the reception. In many ways, his role mimics the role of the best man in American weddings.

     

    Polterabend, a German Betrothal Party!

    A German betrothal includes a very special party which takes place the night before the wedding. Finding its roots in more superstitious times, originally the polterabend ("noisy evening") provided a means for well wishers to scare off evil spirits.

    As such, the party includes a lot of raucous noise. Invitations to this German betrothal party are implied and spread by word of mouth. Throughout the evening, people show up to enjoy a feast provided by the bride's relatives.

    Attendees bring their own pots, pans, and crockery. Throughout the evening, the bride wears a myrtle crown, which she may wear on her wedding day, as well.

    After the feasting and the drinking, at around midnight, the partygoers take their pots, pans, and crocks and throw them violently against the door. Thus, the night of noise ends, with the evil spirits fleeing far away as the bride and bridegroom work together to clean up the atrocious mess.

     

    Two Final Traditions

    During the final weeks before the wedding, some of the bride's and groom's friends prepare a special fundraiser for the couple. They gather photos and stories of the couple's early lives, as well as fun stories of their dating and betrothal periods.

    These friends put together a special newspaper featuring photos, articles, and other tidbits about the bride and groom and their relationship. During the reception, they offer this newspaper for sale to raise funds for the couple's honeymoon.

    The final act of a traditional German betrothal is the conveyance of the bride's trousseau to the bride's new home. This act signaled the beginning of the wedding.

    In more modern times, the trousseau arrives at the church just before the ceremony. Wedding attendants arrange the trousseau for public display. Originally, the trousseau and dowry were one and the same. Putting it on display demonstrated the wealth and status of the bride's family. Often, guests at the wedding added more gifts for the bride on her special day.

  • History + Highlights of Boucheron


    Amazing 1950's Boucheron Turquoise & Diamond Cocktail Ring Platinum An amazing 1950s Boucheron Turquoise & Diamond cocktail ring. Click here for more details. Photo ©2018 EraGem Jewelry.

     

    The Maison Boucheron of Paris crafted this outstanding turquoise and diamond cocktail ring in the 1950s. Centering the masterpiece is an oval cut turquoise cabochon weighing 30 carats. A halo of 20 round brilliant cut diamonds surrounds the stone. Around this, a second halo of 20 accent cabochon turquoise stones surrounds the whole. Truly, the ring serves as an extraordinary example of the design prowess of Boucheron.

     

    History of Boucheron

    Frederic Boucheron grew up learning the clothiers trade. Upon reaching the age of maturity, he departed from his family's tradition and opened a jewelry boutique in Paris. Opening first beneath the arcades of the Palais Royale, Frederic eventually made a strategic move to 26 Place Vendome.

    In the crosshairs of the Opera Garnier district and the Tuileries Gardens, Place Vendome was then and remains now the center of recreation and leisure for wealthy Parisians. Frederic was the first to sell high jewelry in the 1st arrondisement.

    Today Place Vendome holds court as the premier marketplace for high jewelry, couture, the arts, and antiques. Today, 160 years later, Boucheron continues to serve the most elite clientele in Paris, offering unique contemporary collections featuring spectacular stones from 26 Place Vendome.

     

    Three Creative Pillars

    Early on, Frederic adhered to design principles built upon three creative pillars - Couture, Architecture, Nature. These creative pillars remain solidly in place as a foundation for all of the atelier's collections.

    Nature provides endless inspiration. Drawing from nature's wild freedom, the Maison creates bold natural designs expressed in an exotic blend of realism and fantasy.

    Architecture reveals itself most prevalently in Boucheron's Art Deco motifs. From the beginning of the Art Deco period, the atelier capitalized on the contemporary demand for geometric lines and architectural motifs.

    Couture, to be sure, inspires and informs the design principles behind nearly every Boucheron piece. In part, because jewelry serves to accessorize couture. In part, because couture in and of itself is inspiring. Certainly, as the son of clothiers, Frederic cultivated a lifelong fascination with fabric and materials.

    Among his most magnificent creations is the gold mesh scarf he fashioned for the Grand-Duc Wladimir. The Duc met his wife during a ball. She dropped her scarf, and he picked it up for her. The sensuousness and infatuation marked by such a simple encounter inspired him to ask Boucheron to recreate the scarf in gold and jewels. Since then, the Maison continues to work gold to create fabric-like creations fashioned from fine strands of gold and tasseled with pearls.

     

    Designs for Women

    Without doubt, the most innovative design Boucheron invented for women and couture is the Question Mark necklace, called Point d'Interrogation in French. Conceptualized first in 1883, by Frederic and his workshop manager, Paul Legrand, the Question Mark necklace established a new design for women.

    The necklace, beautiful and contemporary in its lines, really solved a difficult problem women endured with their couture. In particular, the stiff, limiting crinoline made it difficult for women to hook the clasp of a necklace on their own. The Question Mark necklace, fashioned like a peacock feather, is made without a clasp. Instead, it harbors a hidden spring system which allows it to curl around the neck like a feather.

    This represents only one example in a long line of innovations tailored to meet the needs of women. In addition, the Maison invented brand new designs, including the mosaic, mirror, and airy settings.

    The innovation, boldness, and extraordinary commitment to exceptionality in stone choice, design principle, and craftsmanship, surely sets Boucheron above the rest.

    To add this beautiful piece by the Parisian Maison to your collection, give us a call today.

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