As the first French jewellers in the Russian city, Boucheron has a strong affinity with the region and its variety of design influences. Debuted at July’s Couture Week in Paris, the Hiver Impérial high jewellery collection focuses on three such inspirations – Nature, Couture and Architecture.
First up are the Lumière de Nuit jewels that draw on the brilliant white of the North’s snow covered landscape. Its Flocon Impérial line impressively translates the microscopic intricacies of snowflakes into jewellery, a feat that Boucheron first accomplished in 1898 with its snowflake brooches.
Boucheron's "Flocon Impérial" rock crystal and diamond necklace worn in one of its seven ways
The Flocon Impérial necklace utilises the transparency of rock crystal, which has been carved to depict the intricate patterns of snowflakes and set with diamonds that are viewed through the crystal. The necklace can be worn to suit any mood, comprising seven detachable parts that include a 5.20-carat diamond ring and hair accessories.
The magnificent "Baïkal" necklace set with over 2,000 Akoya pearls and a 78.33-carat aquamarine
The Couture theme has resulted in the Femmes Boréales jewels, which look to the beautiful outfits of women worn in these icy climates. The magnificent Baïkal necklace is designed in a bodice-style, adorned with over 2,000 Akoya pearls inspired by Frédéric Boucheron’s own 10-year hunt to create the perfect pearl necklace for his beloved wife, Gabrielle. A stunning 78.33-carat oval Santa Maria aquamarine invokes the crystal clear water of the necklace’s namesake Baïkal lake.
The "Rostov" medallion set with diamonds and wood
Finally, Architecture is the subject of the L’Anneau d’Or jewels with panoramic views of Russia’s ancient towns with their rooftops, cupolas and onion-shaped domes. The Rostov medallion, for example, depicts the motifs of the tiles seen on a dome when viewed from above. Set to the centre with a 4.14-carat diamond depicting the peak of the dome, the medallion is inlaid with further diamonds and, more unusually, wood.
Available by special request through both Harvey Nichols and Bloomingdale’s in Dubai, these winter-inspired jewels provide the perfect summer distraction.