Originally published at Henri Maillardet
Our three main high jewelry collections have stories to tell.
Like art, the best pieces and collections will stand the test of time and become part of our culture. That is what we believe when it comes to designing original, outstanding high jewelry masterpieces. Our top collections- Star, World and High Priestess – feature sensational stones and unique designs, and draw inspiration from the richness of nature, history, mythology and spirituality. In this post, we tell you what stands behind our most popular collections and how they came to be.
The Inspiration Behind the Collections
Henri Maillardet’s high jewelry collections remind of Neoclassicism, with a touch of surrealism. The era of Neoclassicism can be placed between 1760 and 1830 (the exact time Henri Maillardet lived), although the style continued into the early 19th century. But its height coincided with the 18th century Enlightenment era, when Enlightenment sympathizers began to rebel against the exorbitant lifestyle at the courts – especially in France, where it led to the French Revolution in 1789.
People wanted a new fashion to reflect their morals and philosophy, and found it in ancient Greek and Roman art. During a “Grande tour” of Europe, young men studied the art and culture of the Hellenistic period and the time of the Twelve Caesars and brought the knowledge home with them. New styles quickly emerged, including a new style of jewelry that jewelers adopted to show what might have been worn in ancient times. Motifs were taken from ancient Greek and Roman art, culture and architecture, such as Roman ruins, Greek temples or the excavations at Pompeii and Herculaneum, and incorporated into jewelry.
Today, Henri Maillardet brings the classic lines into the present and rounds them off with bold surrealist touches. The three main high jewelry collections, therefore, feature not mere objects, but imperishable works of art that stand the test of time without ever being considered obsolete. If anything, they are forward-looking, trend-setting, valuable collectors’ items that will live on. They have stories to tell, after all.
Star: A sense of purity and timeless beauty
Timeless sacred symbols are woven throughout the Henri Maillardet collections, and Star is no different. The eclectic collection is captivating with its violet-blue precious tanzanites and baguette and brilliant cut diamonds that convey a sense of purity and timeless beauty. Such pieces simply cannot go unnoticed.
The inspiration behind the Star collection is one of the most beloved symbols of our world. Since ancient times, stars have been considered sentient beings that influence people. Our ancestors believed every person had their own star, and they both had the same day of birth and the same day of death. From those times, the phrase “to be born under a lucky star” still remains.
Today, the three-pointed star is a symbol of perfection, health, harmony, union, protection and abundance. A more beautiful symbol of spiritual enlightenment than the shining of the stars could hardly be found. Is it any wonder, then, that we are still as fascinated by the stars as we once were?
The High Priestess: Universal Values of the Classical Lines
The Henri Maillardet High Priestess collection consists of exclusive, one-of-a-kind pieces, crafted by our finest artisans with special gemstones (diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires). Leave the present behind and immerse yourself in the magical world of the feminine presence of the divine with these magnificent pieces.
Archetypal symbols are keys to connecting us with our inner nature and releasing the power of our subconscious. The High Priestess archetype, the muse behind this collection, is a powerful sorceress who represents the divine feminine on Earth. She is associated with intuition, mystery, spirituality and wisdom.
The High Priestess is a messenger and wanderer between worlds, intuitively bringing back information. She is a healer and guardian of wisdom, and she teaches us that we must go within to emerge again with healing wisdom. How could one not be moved by her?
The World: One Power of the Universe
The Henri Maillardet The World collection brings together the energy of precious and semi-precious stones from all corners of the globe to offer you exceptional pieces of jewelry. But what is the inspiration behind these unique creations, and what is their secret meaning?
The Tarot figure of the World is the inspiration behind these unique creations. The last card in the Major Arcana, it embodies the completion of a long, difficult journey. The World represents all the elements coming together to give us the satisfaction and success we have been striving for. But it’s not just about success as we know it. The World also represents enrichment, soul fulfilment, and absolute satisfaction.
When the World is at your feet, prepare to have it all. You are about to be glowing with a sense of wholeness, achievement, fulfilment, and completion. As for the jewels from The World collection, they might just make you glow the same…