French jewellery house Boucheron has launched its Bleu de Jodhpur collection with the patronage of the current Maharaja of Jodhpur, His Highness Gaj Singh II.
With more than 105 designs created and 60 pieces presented, Bleu de Jodhpur draws inspiration from Jodhpur also known as Blue City due to the many buildings painted blue.
His Highness Gaj Singh II was actively involved in the collaboration and also suggested the use of Makrana marble, the same marble used to construct the Taj Mahal at Agra in 1631. Another unusual material used was sand and His Highness arranged for the Thar sand that lies in the Nagaur valley to be sent and used, which is now fixed in the rock crystal of the collection’s Nagaur necklace. The seven-strand necklace also features seven rows of Japanese pearls, traditionally strung on silk thread.
However, the highlight of the collection is the Jodhpur necklace, a reversible necklace set with a unique 6.01-carat kite diamond, marble, rock crystal, paved with sapphires and diamonds, on white gold. The piece is a tribute to the traditional princely jewellery of the Moguls, where the back is as precious as the front.
The collection is separated into four parts: Jodhpur, Indian Palace, Garden & Cosmos and Maharani. Each part plays an ode to India with influences mainly drawn from the state of Rajasthan.
Boucheron holds close ties with India. In 1909, Frédéric Boucheron, founder of the jewellery maison, first visited the country and its vibrant heritage, palace architectural and colours have been a source of inspiration ever since. The Bleu de Jodhpur collection is a tribute to the strong links woven since the 19th century between Boucheron and India.
Established in 1893 at Place Vendôme in Paris, France, Boucheron now has boutiques located around the world.