In 1734 King Louis XV of France gave permission to found a glassworks in the town of Baccarat in the Lorraine region in eastern France. To meet the desire for decorum of French society during the Restoration period, the Belgian industrialist and crystal specialist Aimé-Gabriel d’Artigues took over the glassworks and converted production entirely to crystal. Ever since, Baccarat has exceled in innovations and unique designs in fields including lighting, furniture and since 1994, jewellery.
The crystal brand, now under the guidance of Markus Lampe (former vice president of global marketing at Swarovski) focused on rounded and sensual shapes for it’s Riviera collection. Using silver mounts with ultra-feminine embellishment, it’s aesthetic is an accolade to endless summer days basking under the Mediterranean sun. The flash of indigo shimmers like the ocean and the whimsical butterfly emblem evokes the bountiful joie de vivre of the region’s inhabitants.