Sometimes, a piece of jewellery is more than a thing of beauty. At times, it tells a tale of a bygone era, and becomes a symbol of courage and innovation. With Enchaînements Libres — a beguiling new collection of fine jewellery — Hermès enthrals Hong Kong by bringing one such story to life.
It is the chain that sits at the core of this narrative; by using the contrasting ability of metal — as shackles are transformed into jewellery — that the Enchaînements Libres collection explores freedom in chains. It also honours the maison’s equestrian heritage, dating back nearly 200 years, and the use of restraints on horses.
Pierre Hardy, Creative Director of Hermès Jewellery, explains, “At Hermès, the chain is a fundamental motif that draws on its origins as a harness-maker and saddler, and on a long tradition of chain-making know-how. Taking the chain as a theme is choosing to pay tribute to this unique métier while exploring a shape, a form of great symbolic richness. It connects and interconnects opposites, it attaches and liberates; it evokes strength, but also fluidity and softness.”
It is also the connection of jewellery to a woman’s body that allows the chain to become a piece of art. As the metal changes shape to embrace the female form, the jewellery becomes an emblem of independence and boldness.
“These pieces of jewellery are conceived as extensions of the body. I always seek to understand how they will actually be articulated, how they will flex and move with the body. They reveal gestures, enhance postures. They are objects with a lot of personality, light and radiance.“
Six subsets of jewellery make up the Enchaînements Libres collection, including an exquisite array of chain-inspired necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings. Each and every piece is luxuriously designed with fine stones such as diamonds, sapphire, pearls, opal and black jade, artfully crafted in white, yellow and rose gold, as well as titanium.
Created with a minimum of links, this necklace presents the chain as a sculpture. The simplicity of the design lies in its contrasts and asymmetry, as it combines rose gold with white gold that is pavé-set with brilliant-cut diamonds.
The creative interplay of shapes in this necklace and earrings set celebrates the movement of the body. The unique lightness of titanium gives life to the design’s spectacular dimensions, while pavé-set brown diamonds create an enigmatic depth with their warm and luminous sparkle.
The traditional chain is present in all its glory in this necklace, earring and bracelet set. With meticulous assembly work, the pieces transform into multi-layered ribbons of yellow gold, with a generous splattering of diamonds.
Hermès Grand Jeté
A profusion of colours and precious stones, this necklace and bracelet duo is as dynamic as it is playful. Varying lengths and shapes come together in exquisite form with the help of rose gold, diamonds, pink opals and black jade, pearls, orange sapphire and topaz.
Chaîne d’ancre zoom
Shifting proportions give character to this necklace and ring, as a large rock crystal cabochon, surrounded by diamonds, sits in the centre of the pieces, which are made of rose gold.
Hermès Petit Jeté
This delicate necklace is composed according to the principle of a random-link chain. With multiple components that seem to mould themselves to the rise and fall of the body, this intelligently organised disorder is punctuated with cushion-cut, pear-cut, and oval-cut diamonds.