Historic Jewels and More at Chaumet’s Imperial Splendours Exhibition in Beijing

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Once the Forbidden City for over five centuries until 1912, the former Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty is now home to the Palace Museum in Beijing, where thousands of years of traditional Chinese art can be viewed.

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Chaumet recently launched the Imperial Splendours exhibition at the Palace Museum to celebrate the jewellery house’s patrimonial wealth with a collection of historic jewels, drawings and archives. Directed by Henri Loyrette, L'Institut member and ex-Director of the Musée d'Orsay and Musée du Louvre, the exhibition has officially opened on April 11.

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Watch the rich history of the maison span over two centuries since the end of the 18th century to the present, where jewellery making mastery unfold. This year’s location exemplifies the fascinating meeting between the Chinese and French jewellery arts, presenting a hub of mutual inspiration. Over 300 works, jewels, paintings, drawings and objets d’art will express the beauty of Chaumet’s “art of jewellery”, supported by prestigious collections and museums, including the Musée du Louvre, the Château de Fontainebleau and the Victoria and Albert Museum of London.

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The “Vertiges” diadem

The commemoration of the Imperial Splendours afforded the jewellery students of Central Saint Martins, UAL, complete freedom in crafting the diadem of the 21st century. 60 students competed, with 21-year-old British student Scott Armstrong clinching the award with his “Vertiges” diadem.

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