Reves D' Ailleurs
At the Boucheron haute couture jewelry collection presented Thursday in Paris, there were of course rare jewels and precious stones. But perhaps the most precious of all were the stories behind some of the pieces.
One involved a Maharajah from India, who arrived back in the day with a trunk full of stones on the Place Vendome, where the house is located. He apparently asked Boucheron to fashion the pieces into jewelry.
The story accompanied a preview of the Indian section of the Reves D' Ailleurs collection which takes its inspiration from five regions, from India to China, Russia to Persia and Japan.
Although the trunk full of stones were not on show, the Indian section features the world's largest emerald on the market.
The 188 carat gem belonged to another Maharajah, and the house thinks it may have been worn in a belt or a hat before it became a Boucheron design.
The Splendors of Russia section draws on Russian history, and contains a necklace in white gold and diamond that turns into a tiara. The design resembles snow flakes falling to the ground.
The Japanese inspired selection works with the idea of water and the designs of one of the Japanese woodblock artists.
A necklace wraps around the neckline like a surf wave or perhaps a crashing tide of water from an iconic woodblock print of a Tsunami.
In the Japanese section, there is a necklace which transforms into a broach like the tiara idea for Russia.
The Japanese selection also features rock crystals contained in a chain of glass balls.
There are stones galore on show, golds and diamonds, and even a ring made of a Burmese ruby in pigeon blood red.
But standing in a league and a room of its own, is a necklace in a section inspired by Persia. It has a large blue sapphire at its centre. At €2.6 million euros it will be the most expensive piece on sale at the Biennale.
And Tehran also contains precious stories. As the story goes, Louis Boucheron was once asked to go there to catalog the stones belonging to an old Shah.
More recently, the house bought back a blue sapphire which they had sold to another ruler. It now sits on a ring made of rock crystal and makes up part of the collection.