Paying homage to Empress Joséphine, Napoleon Bonaparte’s first wife and a significant patron of Chaumet, the maison celebrates the multifaceted essence of this extraordinary royalty, to whom they served as the official jeweller.
Empress Joséphine, a trailblazer in her time, left an indelible mark on the 240-year-old house, primarily through her legendary union with Bonaparte, forming the foundation of Chaumet’s legacy. To elevate her regal appearance, she revived the trend of tiaras — a symbol of power and majesty. Her influence quickly spread through the court, prompting a surge of orders for these precious headpieces at Marie-Étienne Nitot’s workshop, a specialty that endures at the maison he founded to this day.
As a fashion icon and woman of power, she continues to inspire creations that exude contemporary femininity, ideal for women seeking classic pieces with a touch of modernity.
The collection offers pieces suitable for both day and night, from casual settings to glamorous evening events. Each creation reimagines distinctive elements like the aigrette V, pear shape, asymmetrical interplays, and bold, elegant colours. The new Joséphine pieces are more daring and precious, echoing the timeless allure of the empress herself.
This article first appeared on Jan 22, 2023 in The Edge Malaysia.