Brief: Chaumet’s new creative director interprets hydrangea for debut collection

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The pink gold Hortensia necklace is crafted with three cushion-cut pink tourmalines of 13.64 carats, 6.83 carats and 7.31 carats, a 8.05 carat cushion-cut red tourmaline and a 25.68 carat cabochon-cut pear-shaped red tourmaline. Photo courtesy of Chaumet.

 

BY MICHELLE NO

Not the most extravagant flower in its own right, the Hydrangea undergoes opulent transformation in Chaumet’s new Hortensia collection. Interpreted in brilliant shades of red, pink, and blue, the Hortensia collection features long, statement necklaces, rings of clustered and layered “petals,” and standouts like the 18-carat pink gold necklace finished with a brilliant drop of red tourmaline. The 24-piece set, which debuted earlier this month during Paris Fashion Week, is a first for the Paris-based jeweler’s new creative director, Claire Dévé-Rakoff, formerly of Claire Deve and Swarovski.