Baccarat Presents the Bouchons de Carafe Featured

Fine crystal meets fashion design in this luxury gold jewelry collection

by 11 March 2010

For the first time, Baccarat, renowned for its unique expertise and bold creativity in the making of fine crystal, has turned to Elie Top, jewelry and accessories designer for prominent fashion houses. In their continued interest and support of talented young designers, Baccarat asked Elie Top to create a jewelry line interpreting the Baccarat spirit in his own way. In response, the designer came up with the Bouchons de Carafe Collection, artfully contemporary and replete with couture extravagance, marking the crossroads between the worlds of fine crystal and fashion.

The collection draws masterfully on Baccarat’s design heritage with the “bouchon de carafe” motif. Its French name refers to the stoppers made for the fine crystal bottles that graced luxurious dining tables and elegant dressing tables in bygone days. Remarkable for their purity of line, these “stoppers” gleam with pristine reflections of light. After visiting a Baccarat exhibit of crystal brandy decanters and perfume bottles, all created between 1910 and 1920, Elie Top was inspired by those he admired most. “I decided to go back to Baccarat’s roots”, said the designer, “for me, the name Baccarat suggests chandeliers, gleaming facets and French-style luxury.

I aimed to revive these design codes, but with a touch of tongue-in-cheek humor. In French, one says that a diamond is “as big as a decanter stopper !”. The collection is a light-hearted take on this expression, as well as a respectful tribute to Baccarat.”

The collection is outstanding, with its purity of design, luxurious materials and daring creativity. It offers a number of variations on the stopper theme, mounted in simple settings of yellow or white 18kt gold. The rings are adorned by round, oval or square “stoppers” while the pendants feature tapered ones. A striking contrast is set up between the volume of the crystal and the lightness of the ribbon, made of precious gold linen.

Transparent and multi-faceted, these pieces of crystal jewelry capture the light and reflect it on to the skin of the wearer. Two crystal rings come in a signature Baccarat color: a fiery shade of dark red that unfailingly attracts the eye.
For women who like to dress in bold styles, a cuff bracelet can be made to order in yellow or white gold. A square-shaped crystal stopper-inspired design with delicate engraving in the center of the cuff graces the wrist, like a majestic gemstone carved out of light.

Whether intended for a ring or a bracelet, each piece of crystal is hand-cut at Baccarat’s factory using time-honored house techniques that require great experience and agility. The hand of the craftsman may not tremble, for the slightest slip would mean having to start all over again.

This exacting approach is precisely what women of character are looking for. Women who like to be noticed – fashionistas, pioneers, leaders or creatures of whimsy – will love the audacious impact of this collection.

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