Chaumet, jeweller that makes women feel like princesses, opens in city with tiara show at IFC

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 June, 2012, 12:00am


A tiara might not be an everyday wardrobe essential, but Thierry Fritsch believes every woman deserves her own crown.

Fritsch, president of French jeweller Chaumet, was in town on Tuesday to officiate at the grand opening of its boutique and of the Art of Tiara Making exhibition in the IFC mall in Central. 'It might not be so easy to wear day today, but it's a true luxury,' Fritsch said. 'Every woman is a princess who should have her own unique tiara.'

The exhibition, which runs until closing time on Sunday in the mall's atrium, features 20 signature tiaras created by craftsmen at Chaumet's high-jewellery workshop in the Place Vendome, Paris.

More than 2,000 tiaras have been created by Chaumet since 1780 - the most significant probably being the one Empress Josephine wore for Napoleon Bonaparte's coronation .

Actress Cherie Chung Chor-hung was at the opening, wearing an Elie Saab gown and a HK$1 million tiara. 'I've been looking forward to wearing this tiara,' she said. 'It's called 'Be My Love'. I feel very much like a princess ... I'm spoiled.'

A Chaumet tiara can cost up to HK$3 million. The jeweller has also created a bracelet and rings inspired by its signature Josephine tiara.