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.
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.
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.
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.
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):
Material courtesy of Piaget.