TWINKLING TIARAS: Taking to Monaco, Chaumet is staging an exhibit of jewelry worn by royals, which will include a house specialty: the tiara.
“Chaumet in Majesty, Jewels of Sovereigns Since 1780” is scheduled to run from July 12 to Aug. 28 at the Grimaldi Forum, the principality’s beachfront conference center.
Curated by France’s royalty expert Stéphane Bern and jewelry historian Christophe Vachaudez, the exhibit brings together historical pieces on loan from museums, private families and royals themselves. This will include a diamond-and-platinum tiara depicting laurel leaves from 1920, and a pair of emerald-and-pearl watches from the early 19th century that belonged to Princess Augusta of Bavaria.
As they position themselves to tap into demand from younger generations, historic jewelry houses are increasingly taking steps to educate the larger public about their expertise. The Monaco retrospective will be the third major Chaumet exhibit in as many years, after shows in Tokyo last year, and in Beijing in 2017.
The jeweler in April opened a temporary shop on the upscale Paris destination, Rue Saint-Honoré, while its Place Vendôme flagship undergoes renovation.
Chaumet earlier this year ventured into the Left Bank of the Paris capital, a neighborhood known as a stomping ground for intellectuals as much as a shopping destination, where it hosts exhibits and events, open to the public.