Boucheron, one of the most famous jewelers in France, has a unique jewelry collection called Boucheron Hiver Impérial, inspired by the snow covered lands of the Russian winter.
With this collection Boucheron chose to pay tribute to an old ally. Since before and after the Bolshevik revolution that so profoundly shaped the history of humanity, there were great bonds forged by mutual admiration between France and Russia. Remember that the French language was used in the Russian court for a long time, identified with sophistication and good taste.
Maison Boucheron is a French family dynasty founded by Frederic Boucheron in 1858 when he opened his first store in the Galerie de Valois at the Palais-Royal during the height of the Second French Empire. In 1893 Boucheron opened a headquarters in Moscow to meet the orders of the Russian royal family and the wealthy bourgeoisie.
To celebrate, remember and reproduce that ambiance from an artistic point of view, Boucheron reviewed three of its main themes for the Boucheron Hiver Impérial collection: Nature, with the Lumière de Nuit line, which depicts the aesthetics of the rugged landscape of the Russian steppe; Haute Couture, with Femmes Boréales, that idealizes and elevates the beauty and determination of the women in wintry climates, and Architecture, with its Anneau d’Or, inspired by the splendor and art characteristic of Russian imperial cities such as Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Among the rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and watches presented in this collection, some pieces that are especially noteworthy for their design and creativity.
The Imperial Flocon is a large necklace that covers the entire neck, including the nape. It is adorned with crystal designs, and under each one several diamonds have been inserted in a way that evokes snowflakes. The result gives the sensation of diamonds suspended in solid water, as if one could see the stones of a lake through a thin layer of frozen water. This beautiful necklace offers an added advantage: it can be broken down into several elements: four hair pins, a pair of earrings, a ring and a brooch.
The Boucheron Dôme Graphique earrings with tanzanite, chalcedony, diamonds and pearls have a large pear-shaped tanzanite in the center. A ring of the same series features an 11 carat sapphire of intense bluish color, with a pair of rock crystals and wings studded with small diamonds.
Baikal is a superb necklace set with a 78.33 carat oval aquamarine, precious stones and cultured pearls on white gold, while the Boucheron Émerade Impériale ring sports an emerald of 10.54 carats from Zambia with diamonds on white gold.
The Rostov is a simple and beautiful necklace with 4.14 carat round, diamond and aspen wood, paved with diamonds on white gold.
Boucheron Hiver Impérial is a unique collection that celebrates the mysterious and extreme side of nature, showing admiration for the untamed landscapes of Russia and for the culture of that great country. ■