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Chaumet Haute Joaillerie
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Chaumet Haute Joaillerie

Craftsmanship, royalty, and tiaras come to mind for the 230-year-old house Chaumet, which presented its Lumieres d' Eau high jewelry collection in the jewel in Paris's crown, or the Place Vendôme, on Wednesday.

Inspired by the reflection of water on light, the opulent creations were shown in a lavish 18th century salon above the store at number 12, in a setting as rare as some of the mostly-used stones in this collection of 53 pieces. 

It is the only listed salon on the legendary Place, as per the house.

Playing on the address, with the number of themes, the collection features a dozen looks, conjuring up rain drenched skies or pools of deep blue water.

Rich blue Tanzanite stone, or sapphires surrounded by pools of diamonds, as if one of the green gems had been sploshed into the ocean, and created a ripple like effect, featured in some of the pieces.

A ring which resembles a tiara from 1904 worked small enough to wrap around the finger, draws on the house's history.

Several casts for house tiaras are on display in an adjacent room.

The Abyss, a necklace conjuring the deep blue of the depths of the ocean, features some of the Tanzanite stones, decorated with pompoms of graded Lapis Lazuli and fine beads dangling from the troida-cut stone in 9 carat.

A vast white opal sits like a pearly oyster buried in the bed of the beautiful sea world, conjured up with oval cut diamonds, or delicate stones, with violet sapphires from Ceylon and Madagascar or round violet sapphires from Ethiopia, buried like gems scattered from a sea wreck hidden forever in the depths of the universe.

Back in 1904, the house introduced a naturalistic theme and the water idea finds its roots in this period.

Some pieces have a lighter inspiration, showing the sun, the beach and the water submerged into a sparkling blend of yellow and blue stones. 

The house was founded after Marie- Etienne Nitot, its founder, collaborated with Marie- Antoinette's jeweler, with the house therefore steeped in French history.