Yesterday I journied to one of London’s most iconic and luxurious destinations, Harrods, venturing in on the very last day of The Biennale exhibition. I had a one on one tour with a rouge lipped, immaculately dressed guide, who tested me on my gem knowledge as we discussed Dior’s pink sapphires, to an endearing tale of how the famous diamond marquise cut came to be…. during the eighteenth century in France, King Luis XV commissioned a diamond that would be cut to resemble the lips of his lover, Marquise de Pompadour. Her smile has been eternalised by a diamond cut for ever more. Quite lovely. Get me to the King!
The Biennale des Antiquaires is a bi-annual legendary extravagazer, not to be deemed as a jewellery fair. The Biennale unites the worlds finest international antiques and fine jewellery, under one amazing roof; the domed glass roof of the Grand Palais, Paris. To celebrate the 27th anniversary, Harrods hosted a selection of the most spectacular pieces, created by the most iconic names in the fine jewellery industry. These fine jewellery houses are able to participate via invitation only, and with good reason – the theatrical presence, immaculate workmanship and sheer beauty of the pieces were simply awe-inspiring, collections that only the finest names could successfully and elegantly create. Featuring Chanel, Bvlgari, Tiffany, Cartier, Graff, Chopard, Piaget, Chaumet, Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels, to name but a few, there is a piece to suit every budget… well, we can all dream, right?
Harrods housed the spectacular collection in London for the very first time; the first time the exclusive collection has left the grips of the Grand Palais, understandably there was no photography allowed. However, tucked within the showroom was one of the most iconic jewellery masterpieces I had only ever heard murmurs of after gem class hours. Sitting proudly within Harrod’s fine jewellery room was the Perle Au Tresor, mastermind of jewellery house Boucheron. Consisting of diamond, opal, pearl and mother-of-peal, the Perle Au Tresor is an enchanting jewellery puzzle, opening to reveal a necklace and re-forming to create 2 brooches and a show-stopping bracelet. 4 jewellery items in one ball of beauty, when together concealing the wonders that lie beneath, truly a treasure chest of wonder.
For this piece alone I swallowed all pride and asked if I could take a photo. To my genuine joy, here are the results (they let me snap! Apparently Gem-A is quite the name drop)…
To see how this truly amazing piece works, watch the official video.
Sincerely worth spending a Sunday in Harrod’s fine jewellery room. The Biennale has now sadly departed back to Paris and to the homes of some very lucky buyers, but the pieces that are continually showcased and on-sale in the show room are equally as spectacular, reminding me what I love about gems and how their beauty is truly captivating. We shall meet again…
Non Perle Au Tresor photo credits:
More info on The Biennale des Antiquaires 2014
More info on Boucheron at The Biennale