The Aurora collection by Nina Runsdorf

Nina Runsdorf new collection found inspiration in Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn and sunrise. The Aurora Collection is also a nod to the ‘auroras’, the natural light shows that can be observed near the North or South Pole. Despite being best seen in the night sky, the extraordinary color displays are created by the sun. Slice and rough diamonds, alongside rubies and baguette diamonds create a magnetic mix.

Imbued with a decidedly feminine energy, our rose gold pearshape Ruby Flip Ring is designed to flow gracefully with the natural movements of your hand. Our Slice Diamond and Mixshape Rosecut Diamond Necklace celebrates the natural beauty of slice diamonds shines with its uniquely enigmatic light.

The rubies and and rough diamonds softly tumble from diamond encrusted clasps with a uniquely feminine finish. Bold and beautiful, our Slice Diamonds triple drop earrings wrapped in pave diamonds, have an organic and icy sparkle. The white gold and Baguette Diamond Hoop Earrings are a sparkling addition to day and evening ensembles. Also, surrounded by a band of sparkling pavé diamonds, the new white gold and Baguette Diamond Flip Ring reimagines the signature with captivating charm.

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The Bravery high jewellery collection charts the history of Louis Vuitton

The extraordinary journey and visionary spirit of Louis Vuitton, the maison’s founder who travelled from Jura to Paris to seek his fortune, is metaphorically interpreted as the richly symbolic Bravery high jewellery collection.
Who knew a journey that began on foot would one day be forever immortalised as the finest jewels? Only a house with a truly fascinating heritage could dream of a creative endeavour this singularly brilliant. Of course, we are referring to Louis Vuitton’s new high jewellery collection, Bravery, which is created in honour of the 200th anniversary of its founder’s birth.
Through emblematic motifs adorned with captivating gemstones and precious metals, Bravery tells the incredible tale of Louis Vuitton himself. Born in the Jura area in 1821, he was only 16 when he left home and walked all the way to Paris. The experience inspired Mr Vuitton, who had travelled alongside horse-drawn carriages and trains, to apprentice as a trunk-maker and packer at Monsieur Maréchal. There, he learnt his trade for 17 years before opening his own workshop near Place Vendôme, finding instant success for his craftsmanship and inventiveness.
Some would say the rest is history, but this luxury house is dedicating itself to following in Vuitton’s footsteps to continue making history. “I was surprised that a fashion house like Louis Vuitton was created through the sheer courage of one young man,” remarks Francesca Amfitheatrof, Louis Vuitton’s artistic director for watches and jewellery.

“Driven by his curiosity about the world, he embarked on that incredible journey across France. That’s why we have named this collection Bravery. It’s not a word often used in high jewellery! Yet these notions of determination and adventure are intrinsic to Louis Vuitton, and we wanted to express them through this collection.”
To celebrate and retrace the man’s extraordinary destiny, Louis Vuitton has created 90 masterpieces that showcase Amfitheatrof’s design virtuosity and the exceptional expertise of the artisans from the maison’s Place Vendôme workshops.
Each jewel is a fine demonstration of suppleness and fluidity, while the gemstones featured are rare finds from an exhaustive three-year search across the globe. There are emeralds from Colombia, blue sapphires from Sri Lanka and Madagascar, rubies from Mozambique, and a bevy of luminous diamond beauties. Drawing out their full allure is an exemplary repertoire of jewellery-making savoir faire, with special attention paid to the made-to-measure bezels and settings. And tying all these elements together are eight themes that symbolise Mr Vuitton’s legacy.
The Arrow
Both a metaphor for Mr Vuitton’s journey and a literal interpretation of the first letter of his surname, the arrow has actually already been adopted as a personal emblem by Gaston-Louis Vuitton, the founder’s grandson. Diagonally pavé-set as a three-coloured pattern of rubies, blue sapphires and diamonds, the motif takes centre stage on the Arrow Necklace. Curling around the hollow of the neck like an ultra-precious scarf, it flaunts a 2.61-carat D-colour IF Type 2A LV Monogram Flower-cut diamond and a royal blue Sri Lankan sapphire of over 26 carats at the tip like a drop pendant. It may be worn in three different ways, and is part of an entire parure that also includes a solitaire ring crowned with an extremely rare velvety-blue, 18.62-carat sapphire.
Le Tumbler

Invented in 1890 by Louis Vuitton, the unpickable Tumbler lock makes its grand debut in high jewellery. Adorned with large, emerald-cut aquamarines and diamonds of different cuts, the bracelets, earrings and rings look as contemporary as they do ethereal. On the showpiece necklace, an off-centre diamond-set clasp inspired by Le Tumbler takes pride of place, alongside a Santa Maria-type cerulean aquamarine weighing over 24 carats, and a confection of more than 130 rainbow-coloured gems such as citrines, tourmalines and amethysts.
Le Passion

Taking the form of a latticed jewel that wears like second skin, Le Passion is inspired by the malletage pattern that lines the interiors of trunks, and is also one of Francesca Amfitheatrof’s signature designs. This parure flaunts diamonds and rubies on an articulated white gold construction, and includes a cuff bracelet flaunting three oval-cut rubies weighing 4.9 carats, 11 LV Monogram Star-cut diamonds, 16 more rubies, as well as diamonds of various cuts. There is also a necklace, two rings and clip earrings.
L’Aventure
Representing the roads and forests over Mr Vuitton’s 400km trek is the L’Aventure motif of alternating emeralds and diamonds. The bright green of the 18.47 carats of Colombian emeralds – which took two years’ research to gather – is combined with three rows of platinum, yellow gold and white gold that are entirely pavé-set with diamonds. A marvellous technique here is the Damier chequerboard stone marquetry, which presents four different settings on each circular link. Set as drop pendants are a 5.21-carat D-colour flawless pear-shaped diamond, an LV Monogram Flower diamond and a brilliant-cut one. Requiring 1,600 hours to accomplish, this necklace can be worn in six different ways, and is complemented by three rings, a bracelet and two pairs of earrings.
Le Mythe
The various Louis Vuitton trunk-making signatures, such as the Damier canvas pattern, studs and motifs inspired by trunk locks, the rope and the LV Monogram Flower are all encapsulated here in the Le Mythe set. The transformable necklace, which can be worn in 12 ways, features a variety of diamond settings enhanced by three sugarloaf cabochons: a 19.70-carat Sri Lankan royal blue sapphire, an 8.64-carat deep green Colombian emerald and a velvety-blue 7.11-carat Madagascan sapphire. It took over 1,300 hours of work to make, and matching it are bracelets, rings and pendant earrings.
La Constellation D’Hercule
A tribute to the birth of Louis on Aug 4, 1821, this theme references a celestial constellation only visible at that time of year, and is interpreted as a beguiling, organic composition of stones. The key piece is the La Constellation d’Hercule necklace, whose gold mountings have been dramatically reduced to the bare minimum to show off the hypnotic sparkle of the 209 carats of tanzanites, 50 carats of Australian opals, 34 carats of tsavorites, along with LV Monogram Star- and Flower-cut diamonds. The gems are held in place by a supple diamond-set rope, which is reminiscent of those once used on trunks. There are also three rings, two pairs of earrings and a brooch.
L’Élan Vital
Expressing Mr Vuitton’s innate strength and conviction is this rope-and-knot motif that evokes what he used to carry luggage as a young man, and is at the same time reminiscent of interlinked DNA chains. This necklace is an impressive demonstration of the craftsmen’s finesse – for they essentially created a flexible, sensuous rope out of white gold, which is set with 2,000 brilliant diamonds and dangles with tassels made of LV Monogram Star-cut diamonds. A selection of bracelets, earrings, chokers and rings completes this monochromatic range.
La Star du Nord
Shining its guiding light for Mr Vuitton on his adventure is the “good star”. Simple yet distinctive and sophisticated, the graphic depiction of La Star du Nord looks set to become yet another Louis Vuitton high jewellery classic. The necklace features two rows of scintillating diamonds anchored by a knot in white gold, which is accented by a Monogram Star-cut D-colour IF Type 2A diamond of 10.07 carats that can be worn as a ring. The epilogue of Bravery, this parure – including matching earrings, a ring and a bracelet – conveys a sense of hope for the future.
(All images of Bravery courtesy of Louis Vuitton)
This story first appeared in the September 2021 issue of Prestige Singapore.
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Torsade de Chaumet honours the maison’s history with a tribute to the Vendôme Column

Chaumet’s CEO, Jean-Marc Mansvelt, talks about the updated design and significance of the new high jewellery collection.
Chaumet, jeweller to royalty – most famously Napoléon and his wife Empress Joséphine, the house’s most beloved muse – has been closely linked to the history of France since its founding in 1780. Still located at its legendary address of 12 Place Vendôme more than two centuries later, the storied maison continues to serve as the cornerstone of French haute joaillerie.
Torsade de Chaumet, the house’s latest high jewellery collection, is a fitting tribute to one of Paris’ most famous squares on which the maison was the first jeweller to open in 1812. Offering a modern and dynamic update of the torsade, meaning twist in English, the creations are inspired by the sweep of the frieze (a horizontal band of sculpted or painted decoration) wrapping the Vendôme Column, a historic monument at the prestigious location. What’s most striking on this imposing 44m-high obelisk, with a statue of Napoleon on its peak, is the 425 hand-sculpted bronze bas-relief panels that form an impressive 280m-long frieze, which coils around the entire sculpture like a ribbon.
Jean-Marc Mansvelt, CEO of Chaumet, adds: “While an existing collection named Torsade from a few years ago draws from the famous column as well, its motif is a much tighter one. We created this new collection as it’s the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death, and the maison is also celebrating the story of power and love between Joséphine and Napoleon through an exhibition at 12 Vendôme. We thought it’d be a good time to rework and give Torsade a new dimension this year.”
An ode to movement and life
Spontaneous, free-spirited, and dynamic, the pieces exude such liveliness through a flourish of gold and gemstones that one might think the house’s artisans breathed actual life into them. Reminiscent of twirling ribbon streams in a dance, the diamond-set gold bands interlace in graceful spirals that stretch, relax and unravel in fluid arcs and curves. It is a poetic expression of the vitality of life or the dynamics of love – evocative of the romance between Napoléon and his beloved Joséphine.
“We’ve injected what I think is a true characteristic of Chaumet into this collection – a sense of movement and energy. It’s like a spring that’s alive, which gives a feeling of capturing a moment. More than just a reference, it gives an idea of life because I think this is also what we want now – to really celebrate life,” Mansvelt explains.
Presenting a collection like Torsade de Chaumet is an optimistic nod to never losing hope in the face of dark times. Mansvelt talks about the importance of unveiling it in this unprecedented period: “It can be a beautiful painting, architecture, photograph or high jewellery in this case, but I think the role of artistic creations is to bring a certain optimism… that we can survive. Looking at beauty and the acceptance of it bring about a positive emotion. I think that’s an even more important contribution in today’s world. And when you celebrate and reinterpret a motif that’s connected to Chaumet’s story for over 200 years, it gives you another dimension of positivity – that if we are still alive, there is hope.”
Artistic swirls and lines
The 23-piece Torsade de Chaumet collection is a conservative one, compared to last year’s architecture-inspired Perspectives collection of 80 pieces. “Torsade is more concise because people don’t care for accumulations as much now, but rather, they go for things that are more essential or meaningful. We thought it’s important to really focus on just a few designs with only diamonds and three precious gemstones first. Perhaps we might integrate yellow diamonds later, but for now this is a starting point from which we’ll see how our clients want this journey to continue,” Mansvelt says.
Capturing the elegance of asymmetric, rhythmic swirls sweeping around a curved line of diamonds is the collection’s pièce de resistance: a white gold tiara set with rose- and brilliant-cut diamonds. Highlighting the virtuosity of the maison’s high jewellery workshop, the signature Chaumet jewel is a delicate balance of the art of lightness and miraculous suspension that seems to defy gravity. “It’s the ultimate piece to express a new collection and of course, it’s important we demonstrate that even after 241 years and 3,500 tiaras, we continue the maison’s story by never reproducing any design,” says Mansvelt, of one of his favourite pieces.
A continuous piece of twisted gold stretches and relaxes asymmetrically on a necklace and bracelet in a play of artful tension. This exuberance can be found on drop earrings, as well as a ring adorned with brilliant-cut diamonds that line an unravelling coil framing a 2.19 asscher-cut diamond. Exuding the same dynamism is a necklace flaunting two asscher-cut stones, inspired by the spectacular négligée version made for the Maharaja of Indore around 1913. And no Chaumet high jewellery collection is complete without a bejewelled timepiece. Here, the twist elegantly weaves across its bracelet and around the miniature diamond pavé dial.
Precious hues
In a tribute to Chaumet’s emblematic colour, extraordinary blue, cushion-cut Ceylon sapphires accentuate a swirl of diamonds. Showcased on a ring and bracelet, the exquisite gems in a bright, cheerful blue shade play peekaboo from beneath voluminous arcs of the twist. Mansvelt points out an interesting feature of the stones on this articulated bracelet, which is another personal favourite: “You’ll notice that the blue on these five Ceylon sapphires is not the typical hue. The shade is full of tenderness and charm, and reminds me of the forget-me-not flower.”
The intense red of Mozambique rubies imparts warmth as majestic centre stones on rings and earrings. They also add a beautiful contrast, while amplifying the fluidity of an asymmetrical twist on a spectacular sautoir or emphasising the fall of a négligée necklace. The fiery stones also captivate as a pair of rings on which they appear to bloom in colour, enclosed between twists of almost organic whorls.
Next, a beguiling 2.32-carat vivid green Colombian emerald adds the finishing touch to the harmonious twist on the collection’s second diamond tiara. This creation is echoed in a pair of stud earrings and a ring, on which luminous and perfectly matched emeralds nestle within a coil of diamond ribbons. The men are not forgotten too. The gender-neutral motif of Torsade allows for the creation of modern pieces such as a brooch that seemingly floats over a jacket lapel or a ring with a spiral of diamonds that can be worn on his last finger. “We’ve created many brooches over the years as we like this idea of a dandy man. Rather than wear something extravagant, it’s the little touches that lend this sort of elegance,” Mansvelt says with a smile as he points to the brooch in question on his own jacket.
(All images: Chaumet)
This story first appeared in the September 2021 issue of Prestige Singapore.
The post Torsade de Chaumet honours the maison’s history with a tribute to the Vendôme Column appeared first on Prestige Online – Singapore.

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