Maison Boucheron is adding newpieces to its Animaux de Collection with fresh interpretations of the Wladimir, the cat, designs.
Nature has been an inspiration to Boucheron since its foundation in 1866. Hedgehogs, snakes, does, chickadees and hummingbirds have been portrayed throughout the years – a procession of animals that have come to life in the hands of skilled craftsmen. From know-how capable of chiselling, polishing and paving with precision, each animal modelled in volume seems more real than life.
The Animaux de Collection is expanding and is inspired by Wladimir, the maison’s emblematic feline, the cat that entered the ‘Paris, Vu du 26’ High Jewellery collection in 2019. This season, the line is taking liberties and awakening the fashionista in those who adopt it. With intense sapphire eyes, a diamond-set coat in relief and iridescent fur, each hand-sculpted piece displays a wealth of techniques.
The cat collection goes beyond the jewel and becomes a totem, a lucky charm. Whether it is strength or pleasure, sweetness or power, the jewellery pieces allow each woman to find her individuality in these intricate items, to free her temperament and assert her style. Boucheron’s ambassador, Alexa Chung, interprets these feline new creations with style and freedom, defining her own codes and assuming her independence – just like cats.
The pendants bring a white-gold or yellow cat with diamonds hanging from a yellow-gold or white-gold chain, with erect ears and shimmering fur. Its vivid gaze of green agates and tsavorites and irises in black sapphire, displays exquisite feline confidence. The necklace is set in the centre with a pear-cut diamond. The rings come in yellow-gold or white-gold. Made with round diamonds with a delicate sculpted nose, sapphire-black eyes, and silky fur, its neck is ringed with eight round tsavorites and one pear-cut tsavorite. The ring envelops the finger in a shiver of sculpted light and shadow.
Another design joins the ring sets; two white-gold cats paved with diamonds surround a 12-carat cushion-cut blue tanzanite. Hand-carved with an adorable white-gold muzzle paved with round diamonds, a deep countenance set with sapphires and a chest adorned with sapphires, each feline appears more realistic than the other.
They’re just like two precious sentinels. A necklace with a double row of cultured pearls tied with a diamondpaved jewelled clasp, forming a spectacular choker with a detachable feline brooch pendant completes the collection.
The clasp is made in white gold and entirely paved with diamonds. The cat brooch is made with sapphire eyes and sports a sparkling neck ring of blue tanzanite. A piece that testifies to the mastery of the Boucheron High Jewellery workshops.