An Imbued Love Story

Post 102 of 1734
  • Aigrette, 1915

  • Aigrette, 1907

  • Fuchsia tiara know as Bourbon-Parme, 1919

  • Descendant of Louis xiv, brother of Empress Zita of Austria, Prince Sixte of Bourbon-Parma married Hedwige de la Rochefoucauld in 1919. For the corbeille de mariage, the mother of the bride, the Duchess of Doudeauville, ordered from Chaumet a set of jewellery, which was delivered on the morning of the wedding, 12 November 1919. Included was this tiara, a masterpiece of lace-like platinum and diamonds decorated with stylised fuchsias.

  • Princess Yusupov sun tiara, 1914

  • Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow - Photo Credit Santiago & Mauricio

  • Sapphire and diamond set from the corbeille de mariage of Princess Alicia of Bourbon-Parma, wife of Infante Alfonso of Spain, 1936

  • Winged bandeau, 1913

  • Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney enamel and diamond wings aigrette, 1908

Since 1780, Chaumet has celebrated love. With exquisite detail they have immortalised the emotion within tokens that exude passion. They have captured the heartbeat and crafted one of a kind pieces that have gone on to commemorate the unique nature of the sentiment. Sharon Carvalho delves into a selection of their historic pieces to discover the symbolism behind them.

A Symbol of Unity

According to French tradition that dates by to the 1700s, a young man would present his bride to be with a chest full of jewellery, lace and other trinkets. This was known as the corbeille de mariage and was an official symbol
of their engagement.

Flights of Fancy

The wing motif has been a token of love within the Chaumet legacy for decades. Inspired by the Roman winged deities Mercury and Minerva, the powerful and subtle motif was steeped in symbolism. Worn as a depiction of a free spirit who soared on the wings of love, they lent themselves to the ideal of the victory of love over destiny.

For Ethereal Designs

For young ladies of noble birth, the tiara was the centerpiece of the corbeille de mariage. Brought back into fashion by Empress Joséphine, who wore a tiara for her coronation, the piece quickly became a status symbol for a young bride – and indeed for any lady who wished to sparkle with radiance at a ball, opera, social function or official ceremony. A symbol of happiness and prosperity,  the tiara is the crowning glory of glittering parties and celebrations.