On 11 July, Chaumet hosted a grand private viewing of its exhibition, Chaumet in Majesty: Jewels of Sovereign Since 1780 - a regal display of jewellery, including the iconic tiara and other royal jewels under the patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II.
The exhibition is set in the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, and its grand preview played host to many a-list celebrities like Natalie Portman, Song Hye-Kyo, Natalia Vodianova and more. The stars were decked out in Chaumet jewels, with pieces like the Chaumet Soir de Fête necklace worn by Natalie Portman, the classy Joséphine Aigrette earrings on Song Hye-Kyo, Joséphine Aigrette Impériale timepiece donned by Natalia Vodianova and more. They also attended a grand gala dinner after, where they got a first-hand look at the Maison's new high jewellery collection, Les Ciels de Chaumet.
The exhibition itself is incredibly lavish and stunning, containing about 250 pieces, some of which have never been showcased before. Put together by experienced curators Stéphane Bern and Christophe Vachaudez, the exhibition is a viewing opportunity that's hard to come by, as the pieces are taken from a total of 15 different museums and around 40 private lenders, some of which are also on loan from private collections.
In the exhibition, Chaumet highlights the iconic tiara through time, with the Maison's first muse having been Empress Joséphine - from a symbol of power and shining femininity to a symbol of love that's been passed down and evolved with the generations. Chaumet also plays homage to some powerful feminine figures with the likes of empresses, queens, princesses and more.
The tiara also plays another significant role in the exhibition - it shows and emphasizes the continual dialogue between jewellery and the arts, with the precious headpiece constantly being reinvented.
Scroll to get a glimpse of the regal exhibition, which will run from 12 July to 28 August 2019: