Hand-sewn jewellery or bejewelled couture? With the Cape de Lumière (Cape of Light), Boucheron stretches the limits of jewellery-making and crosses the boundary between high jewellery and haute couture. The result is an amazing piece that can be worn as an accessory or a cape.
Crafted by hand, by skilled artisans, the cape took more than 925 hours to make. It's made of 871.43 grams of yellow gold, 850 round diamonds that weigh a total of 5.26cts, and an 81.62ct citrine. The chiselled shape is a modern interpretation of the brand's favourite inspiration, the peacock feather.
Just like a piece of garment, the cape was created on a dressmaker's dummy to fit the body like a glove. It is part of the brand's new high jewellery collection - 26 Vendôme, named after the maison's historical private salons of 26 Place Vendôme - to celebrate the artistic legacy of founder Frédéric Boucheron.
Designed by creative director Claire Choisne, the collection comprises three themes: Nature Triomphante, Architecture Inspirée and Porté Couture. The gold cape comes under the theme of Porté Couture. It pays tribute to Boucheron's childhood with his parents, who were both drapers.