Inspired by the sculptural richness, joyful colours and romantic spirit of the jewellery created by the family company between 1820 and 1830, Laure Isabelle Mellerio, artistic director and chair of the Mellerio jewellery company, presents an unprecedented collection of unique pieces that combine historical heritage and contemporary vitality.
During the Restoration, the Mellerio house, which had just moved to Rue de la Paix - thereby initiating a movement that was to make Place Vendôme the epicentre of French haute joaillerie - seduced all the courts of Europe and the most illustrious families of the aristocracy with its delicate jewellery that showcased a wide variety of fine gemstones - citrine, aquamarine, amethyst.
Named Pierreries, in homage to the evocative power and fairy-tale dimension of multicoloured gems clustered together on the skin, this new collection showcases the virtuosity of Mellerio's workshops, as demonstrated by the versatility of the necklaces.
“I chose these gems for the chromatic harmonies they develop, and also for the benefits they manifest," says the artistic director. Amethyst - with its velvety purples that evoke softness, dreams, meditation, peace and spirituality - summons serenity, wisdom, protection and balance. Prasiolite, a stone of the heart, of generosity, galvanising good humour and encouraging self-acceptance, expresses the seductive aspects of the colour green, synonymous with nature, optimism and growth. I have also chosen solar citrines traditionally associated with conquering and willing spirits, in hues that exalt prosperity, abundance and wealth, both material and sentimental. As a tribute to the indomitable and mysterious character of diamonds, rutilated quartz solicits energy and dynamism, encourages frankness and sincerity, and invokes stronger love while reviving the joy of living.” In a final reference to the house's vast heritage and its illustrious clients, the lacework of small gold flowers on the jewellery reminds us that Mellerio is also the great jeweller of naturalism.