Imagine dreaming of a jewellery pieces that capture a piece of sky, a movement of a cloud, or a raindrop falling. With an aim to seize the intangible by revealing the fleeting beauty of the natural world, Claire Choisne, Creative Director of Maison Boucheron, realised her visions perfectly with the maison’s latest collection, Contemplation.
“For years, I have wanted to capture the ephemeral, to convey the poetry of present moments – the purity of the sky, light effects. The jeweller’s art is about stopping time in its tracks, making instants eternal when, by their very essence, they are not.”
Comprising 67 sublime pieces, Contemplation distills each element’s purity and essence in sublime creations like this scarf-style necklace. Aptly named Fenêtre sur Ciel (“Window to Sky” in French), it is a tribute to American artist James Turrell’s Open Sky art installation at the Chichu Art Museum in Naoshima, Japan.
Crafted from titanium mesh, which renders it as fluid as fabric, the wearable art piece forms a perfect rectangle when worn that poetically recalls a window to the sky. Choisne has drawn the stormy sky in mother-of-pearl with diamond clouds, set off by more than 30 layers of slate-coloured lacquer painstakingly applied by hand with an airbrush. Illuminating this vision is a 35-carat sugarloaf tanzanite with a deep ultra-marine hue accented by diamonds.
(Main and featured image: Art direction by Aaron Lee)