Hot on the heels of Paris Haute Couture and four days of fashion shows comes the latest collections of high jewellery from many of the world’s top jewellery brands like Buccellati, Dior, Chanel, De Beers, Piaget, Chaumet, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chopard, Louis Vuitton, David Yurman, Ana Khouri, Lydia Courteille and more. Oh, how I love Paris! Especially when it is filled with jewellery and fabulous stylish events in the evening! To fully embrace this event and give you a real sense of the jewellery I tried on, I put together some video highlights for GEMOLOGUE IGTV. It’s an exclusive event open only to clients and journalists and a great honour to attend. I hope you enjoy my curation of new jewellery discoveries from Paris Haute Couture.

Escaping the heat of the City of Love for the Baroque world of Parisian Maison Chaumet was a refreshing change. I remember the last time I was here for Haute Couture Paris when I reviewed the CHAUMET 2017 collection EST UNE FÊTE. This year I found housed within the ornate Baroque salons of the Maison a forest of African wood displaying the breathtaking new high jewellery collection Chaumet, Trésors d’Afrique.

Influenced by Kenyan artist Evans Mbugua, Chaumet Trésors d’Afrique explores the intense colours and sovereign history of sub-Saharan Africa with its traditions, symbolism, and lush natural landscape. From fascinating gemstone beading to adorable, playful beast brooches, I’ll show you my favourite pieces from this new Chaumet fine jewellery collection.

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The haute jewellery collection Trésors d’Afrique tells a story depicting five key elements of Africa. It is the Africa that inspired the artistic expressions of Apollinaire, Picasso, Derain, Vlaminck, and Braque. It draws from the aesthetic and intellectual revolutions of Fauvism, Cubism and Surrealism. Trésors d’Afrique celebrates the richness of the last ruling empress adorned in the elevated fashion of sovereignty where sophisticated and inventive parure defines status. It is the Africa where a jewel becomes a seductive force of power and the parure symbolizes status.

A highly symbolic jewellery collection, Trésors d’Afrique makes a statement about the protective virtues of jewellery and gemstones. Taking on the role of talisman, Chaumet respects the origins of jewellery and its narrative. The Trésors d’Afrique collection is no less an act of pure creation and captures the emotions of sub-Saharan Africa and its skilful art of adornment.

Finally, the Trésors d’Afrique haute jewellery collection celebrates the natural world of Africa with a treasure trove of charming, mischievous animals inspired by Kenyan artist and designer Evans Mbugua. The Maison fell in love with the colours and vitality of his work and this is reflected in the Trésors d’Afrique collection.

Cascade Royales Chaumet necklace is an interplay of black and white set off by intense green Muzo emeralds, carved onyx and marquise-cut diamonds showcasing Chaumet’s fil couteau technique. 

Ronde de Pierres Chaumet necklace combines beads of red spinels, emeralds, sapphires, mandarin garnets and black spinels to create dazzling, brightly coloured pieces evoking the ornaments of the Maasai and Dinka people of Sudan. 

From the colourful palette of Kenyan artist Evans Mbugua, Espiègleries from Chaumet Trésors d’Afrique features a humorous series of six brooches (one of which transforms into a pair of earrings). An elephant, a zebra, monkey, giraffe, flamingos, ants and a lion in off-beat situations offer a dose of creative levity.

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GEMOLOGUE by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring exquisite global discoveries, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews.

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

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