The Maison gave carte blanche to the jewellery students of Central Saint Martins, UAL, to create the diadem of the 21st century. The school, internationally renowned for its illustrious alumni who, as artists and designers, have made their mark on the world, was an obvious choice for Chaumet. The other essential choice was that of the diadem as subject – the emblem of the Maison that has fuelled boundless creativity since the days of the Empress Joséphine.
A competition gathering sixty students from two classes – the Bachelor of Arts in Jewellery and Master’s Degree in Jewellery Design – resulted in a finalist group of eight. And the winner is… 21-year-old British student Scott Armstrong and his “Vertiges” diadem.