French jeweller Chaumet, which is owned by the luxury group LVMH, has reopened its Paris flagship at the iconic Place Vendôme. The French Maison, whose longe history goes back more than 200 years, was the first jeweller to arrive on the square – now considered the honorary home of Parisian high jewellery – in 1812.
The luxury brand celebrates this glorious legacy with an elegant and expanded series of private salons and public spaces in which visitors can immerse themselves in Chaumet’s universe of nature, romance and exquisite craftsmanship.
Alongside a new, enlarged boutique, there is also a highly coveted opportunity for a selected few to explore Chaumet‘s exclusive and vast archives, its historic grand salons and its crowning jewel, the high jewellery workshop, which, for daily inspiration, now overlooks the architectural jewel that is Place Vendôme itself.
Balancing tradition with modernity, no detail has been overlooked in the new interior design, whether it be the ground-floor boutique’s alabaster walls engraved with Chaumet’s traditional wheat motif, or the Napoléon III-style wall panelling of the grand Salon des Perles upstairs, which is now painted in the Maison‘s signature royal blue, in dramatic contrast to the original 18th-century bucolic scene on the ceiling above.
The architectural building’s original dining room has been reimagined for the 21st century in midnight blue and gold tones. Its Napoléon III-style panelling creates a harmonious contrast with a bucolic ceiling scene painted in the 19th century by Pierre-Victor Galland, nephew of Jean-Baptiste Fossin, the then head of Chaumet‘s workshop.
The sense of refinement and attention to detail visible at every step throughout Chaumet’s new home is matched in miniature by Trésors d’Ailleurs, a high jewellery collection that the Maison has created to celebrate the reopening.
In keeping with the architectural theme, it features 16 exceptional one-of-a-kind rings that reimagine the medieval Jewish tradition of wedding rings, which were designed as exquisite, tiny houses to represent a couple’s commitment and future life together.