Starting March 2019, Maison Chaumet will occupy new quarters at the prestigious Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris. An ephemeral boutique that will remain open during the restoration of the 12 Place Vendôme, the Maison’s historic address.
This sheaf of nine stalks of wheat seems to rustle in the wind in an expression of modernity of the French Empire. Empress Joséphine brought the neo-classical tiara back into fashion - emblem of power and sovereignty - prompting a resurgence of the use in jewellery of classical motifs such the sheaf of wheat, a symbol of fertility.
In 1811, Empress Marie-Louise commissioned Nitot to create 150 stalks of wheat to adorn her gown and hair, which would form part of the Crown Jewels. A number of these were
used to produce this tiara. Chaumet made use of the wheat motif on the ethereal tiaras of the Belle Époque and on brooches in the post-war period.