The magic of Piaget scented garden: Rose Collection

Piaget’s Rose Collection has a unique and romantic story. Being close to Christmas time, Piaget Rose Collection conveys emotions and a message of true love and affection. A flower to be cherished forever.

This collection is the translation into the finest jewellery of a deep and lifelong lasting passion, that of Yves Piaget for roses, true muses and sources of inspiration for Piaget’s flowery creations.

True to his love, the rose as a creative motif makes its first appearance in 1960s – jewellery and watches collections with refined diamond-set petals. A poetic and evocative icon, which values Yves Piaget the winning place in 1976, with a gold rose crafted in the Piaget workshops, while being a member of the Geneva International New Rose Competition jury. His passion for these amazing flowers was awarded in 1982, when the winner of the competition, created by the famed rose-breeder Meilland, was christened the “Yves Piaget rose”.

A devotion, this of Yves Piaget for roses, which goes as far as to craft a life-sized 18k gold rose, to be offered as award to all the laureates of the Geneva International New Rose Competition.

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The Yves Piaget rose celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012. Marking the occasion as nature intended, Piaget is cultivating new pieces to blossom out of its collections. From stud earrings to the secret watch set with 668 brilliant-cut diamonds, the dream remains intact.

 

The rose has a history that Piaget is committed to preserving. By becoming a patron of the project to restore the “former” rose garden of the Château de Malmaison, the watchmaker and jeweler is contributing to bringing one of the most beautiful testimonials to the love of roses back to life.

The Château de Malmaison © musée national du château de Malmaison.
The Château de Malmaison © musée national du château de Malmaison.

One woman above all others incarnates the passion for roses: the Empress Josephine. For her, roses were an essential presence. In her gardens, her salons, even on her clothing and in her hair, which she adorned with fresh flowers, roses were part of her daily life. She hired botanists and sent them out all over the world looking for species of roses that did not exist on the continent. She gave Redouté, the water color painter, a mandate to catalogue very precisely the varieties that she gathered together in the palace gardens. The rose garden she assembled is a veritable conservatory of roses. The works of Redouté, along with this exceptional garden itself, have lent an essential contribution to our knowledge of roses.

Portrait of Josephine by Firmin Massot © rmn
Portrait of Josephine by Firmin Massot © rmn
Botanical illustration by P.J. Redouté © rmn
Botanical illustration by P.J. Redouté © rmn

The woman whom Napoleon renamed Josephine had, from birth, a predilection for roses thanks to her given name, Rose. The collection that she brought together at Malmaison became one of the most beautiful and enviable collections in all of Europe, thanks to the diversity of some 250 varieties it contained in 1814. The Malmaison Museum will bring this collection to life again, and at the end of the reconstruction, it will present 750 rose bushes from the First to the Second Empire, enhancing our knowledge of the botanical work of the Empress. This project will take the form of a training site through partnership with the Centre de Formation Professionnelle et de Promotion Horticole of St. Germain-en-Laye.

Piaget is making a contribution to the restoration of the castle’s former rose garden to its original splendor by sponsoring the renovation project spearheaded by the Musée National de Malmaison, in preparation for the bicentennial of the death of the Empress in 2014. An ambitious program, of which Piaget is a solid partner, to enable the public to experience Josephine’s passion for roses.

 

The Collection

Here are the jewels of this delicate and charming collection, to sparkle your Christmas up (to discover the fine watches of this collection, I will invite you to visit my blog Precious Hours, and read the post Piaget blooming Christmas):

Piaget Rose pendant in 18K rose gold, set with 41 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.72 ct).
Piaget Rose pendant in 18K rose gold, set with 41 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.72 ct).
Piaget Rose bracelet in 18K white gold, set with 190 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.32 ct).
Piaget Rose bracelet in 18K white gold, set with 190 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.32 ct).
Piaget Rose ring in 18K white gold, set with 71 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.50 ct).
Piaget Rose ring in 18K white gold, set with 71 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.50 ct).
Piaget Rose necklace in 18K white gold, set with 3 pear-cut diamonds (approx. 0.75 ct) and 111 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 3.18 ct).
Piaget Rose necklace in 18K white gold, set with 3 pear-cut diamonds (approx. 0.75 ct) and 111 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 3.18 ct).
Piaget Rose bracelet in 18K rose gold, set with 40 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.50 ct).
Piaget Rose bracelet in 18K rose gold, set with 40 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.50 ct).
Piaget Rose pendant in 18K white gold, set with 36 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.23 ct).
Piaget Rose pendant in 18K white gold, set with 36 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.23 ct).
Piaget Rose earrings in 18K white gold, set with 72 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.45 ct).
Piaget Rose earrings in 18K white gold, set with 72 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.45 ct).
Piaget Rose ring in 18K rose gold, set with a brilliant-cut diamond (approx. 0.06 ct).
Piaget Rose ring in 18K rose gold, set with a brilliant-cut diamond (approx. 0.06 ct).
Piaget Rose earrings in 18K white gold set with 304 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.3 ct).
Piaget Rose earrings in 18K white gold set with 304 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.3 ct).
Piaget Rose ring in 18K white gold, set with one brilliant-cut diamond (approx. 0.1 ct) and 153 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.02 ct).
Piaget Rose ring in 18K white gold, set with one brilliant-cut diamond (approx. 0.1 ct) and 153 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.02 ct).
Piaget Rose pendant in 18K white gold, set with one brilliant-cut diamond (approx. 0.1 ct) and 153 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.02 ct).
Piaget Rose pendant in 18K white gold, set with one brilliant-cut diamond (approx. 0.1 ct) and 153 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.02 ct).
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Piaget Rose bracelet in 18K rose gold, set with a brilliant-cut diamond (approx. 0.04 ct).
Piaget Rose pendant in 18K rose gold, set with 2 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.06 ct).
Piaget Rose pendant in 18K rose gold, set with 2 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.06 ct).
Piaget Rose ring in 18K rose gold set with a brilliant-cut diamond (approx. 0.04 ct).
Piaget Rose ring in 18K rose gold set with a brilliant-cut diamond (approx. 0.04 ct).
Piaget Rose pendant in 18K white gold, set with 118 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 2.86 ct).
Piaget Rose pendant in 18K white gold, set with 118 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 2.86 ct).
Piaget Rose ring in 18K white gold, set with 112 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 2.38 ct).
Piaget Rose ring in 18K white gold, set with 112 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 2.38 ct).
Piaget Rose necklace in 18K white gold set with 52 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.74 ct) and 2 cushion-cut pink tourmalines (approx. 2.82 ct).
Piaget Rose necklace in 18K white gold set with 52 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.74 ct) and 2 cushion-cut pink tourmalines (approx. 2.82 ct).
Piaget Rose ring in 18K white gold set with 39 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.44 ct) and a cushion-cut pink tourmaline (approx. 2.86 ct).
Piaget Rose ring in 18K white gold set with 39 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.44 ct) and a cushion-cut pink tourmaline (approx. 2.86 ct).

 

Material courtesy of Piaget.

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