Chaumet revealed the final stage of the globally inspired collections.
Les Mondes de Chaumet, a High Jewellery collection, has been on a journey through Russia and Japan, and now the final voyage took the Maison to sub-Saharan Africa to create Trésors d’Afrique line.
While the Maghreb and Egypt have inspired Chaumet in the past, sub-Saharan Africa has remained almost unexplored territorry. An encounter with the Kenyan artist Evans Mbugua guided the house towards this part of the continent, an Africa of today.
For the collection, he created a series of six brooches, one of which can be transformed into a pair of earrings. Six brightly-coloured humorous creations feature elephant, zebra, monkey, giraffe, flamingos, ants and lion.
The pieces also draw inspiration from beaded and ornamental jewellery worn by Dinka people of South Sudan or Maasai. Ronde de Pierres chapter combines beads of red spinels, emeralds, sapphires and mandarin garnets, outlined by black spinels on black rhodium-plated gold and diamonds.
Cascades Royales interprets cascading parures that frame the faces of women in many African cultures, the ensemble recalls, amongst others, the graphic headdresses of the queens of Rwanda or the ornaments with which the Samburu brides of Kenya adorn themselves.
In an interplay of black and white set o by intense green Muzo emeralds, carved onyx and marquise-cut diamonds lend an arresting structure to the set, consisting of a transformable necklace, two pairs of earrings and four rings.
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