Since the 1950s, the engagement ring has been the symbol of the promise of commitment. It is naturally associated with the diamond, the symbol of purity and eternity.
The wedding ring represents the demonstration of love. Lovers know that the exchange of wedding rings during the ceremony signifies: “I give you this ring, symbol of our love and fidelity.”
The ritual of giving a love ring has existed since ancient times. It was said that a very fine nerve went from the finger, leading straight to the heart.
Ever since it was founded in 1780, Chaumet has specialised in “love jewellery”.
At that time, engagements were celebrated by giving a wedding basket. This was a strong tradition in the 19th century French and European nobility, in which the bride-to-be was given a basket of magnificent accessories, particularly jewellery.
In 1810, Chaumet created a wedding basket for the marriage of the Archduchess Marie-Louise de Hapsburg-Lorraine to Napoleon I. In 1919, the Duchess of Doudeauville commissioned a magnificent tiara in diamond-set platinum for the marriage of her daughter to Prince Sixtus of Bourbon-Parma.
This nature-inspired jewel, which is now in the Chaumet Museum, continues to express our jewellery expertise and style. Opposite you can see the Rinceaux Tiara, created by Joseph Chaumet for the Marchioness of Tahlouët in 1908.