Baptized Gaieté Parisienne (Parisian Joy), Boucheron’s latest sets of jewelry were inspired by a bevy of bygone beauties who have influenced Paris’s art de vivre, most notably during the Belle Epoque period. Setting the scene, baubles were draped across casino tables or nestled between pastries and macaroons, depending on each collection’s theme. The latter tasty treats were a nod to Jeanne Souchard, founder of one of the city’s first tearooms, Ladurée, and the house dedicated its Gourmandise line, featuring clusters of sweet-hued pastry motifs colored with violet sapphires, rubies and coral, to her. A fizz of spiraling gold loops embedded with emeralds and diamonds evoked Champagne bubbles on one necklace in a nod to Moulin Rouge dancer Louise Weber. The high-kicker, who is credited with inventing the can-can, was also infamous for emptying guests’ champagne flutes mid-performance. Meanwhile, the swirling forms of one floral necklace, which boasts a rare 25-carat Sri Lankan sapphire at its center, echoed the whirling skirts of the American dancer Loie Fuller, a Folies Bergère regular who was nicknamed The Flower.
Boucheron’s Parisian Joy
Boucheron’s latest jewelry was inspired by a bevy of bygone beauties who have influenced Paris’s art de vivre, most notably during the Belle Epoque period.
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