In what can only be described as a surreal year, I had a definite pinch-me fashion moment recently. Having worked with the luxury jewellery house Chaumet in the past, most notably during 2018’s Melbourne Cup Carnival events, I was thrilled to work with them again this year. Not only do they produce exquisite jewellery, but it gave me the chance to play princess—if only for a brief moment.
Chaumet has a long history (since 1780 to be precise) of creating beautiful tiaras for monarchies and aristocratic families. In producing this shoot, I was given the opportunity to wear this stunning tiara from their Josephine collection. The elegant vine design, featuring diamonds is such a delicate aesthetic but has a boldness about it that makes it an undeniable statement piece—as you’d expect from a tiara!
One of the most interesting things about working with Chaumet is learning about the painstaking craftsmanship that goes into producing a single tiara. I learned that a tiara can take between 500-1500 hours of work to complete, which is around 2-6 months. This includes everything from preparing the setting, to polishing, re-cutting diamonds and finally, the final finishing touches that make a Chaumet tiara such a standout piece of jewellery. It certainly made the opportunity to shoot with this tiara even more special.
Playing princess for a day was truly a surreal moment and one that I’ll definitely be banking as a top fashion memory. Because there’s being given the opportunity to wear beautiful jewellery, but there’s something about a tiara that’s in a category unto itself. A definite little girl dream fulfilled!
Photography: Sophia Athas
This post was produced in collaboration with Chaumet