The Making of: La Parade Azure
Crafted 100% by hand over more than 300 hours in a tiny Parisian studio, this is 'La Parade Azure'.
It’s the crystal-clear waters of the French Riviera; the pattern of the sky on a clear summer’s day; the vibrant blue green plumage of a peacock.
What do you see in ‘La Parade Azure’?
This 18ct White Gold, Apatite, Aquamarine, Zircon, Diamond & Tahitian Pearl Necklace was designed by our talented Matthew Ely artist and jeweller, Louis. The piece took more than 300 hours to handcraft in Louis’ makeshift Paris home worshop over the course of 2020-2021.
Here’s how it all happened.
Step 3: Painting & Drilling the Dots
Like the cobblestoned streets of a Parisian laneway, the gemstones of La Parade Azure are set close together in a patterned arrangement; a pavé design.
With the help of some plastic diamonds, Louis finalised a pattern. He then painted blue and white dots onto the handcrafted pendant so he would know where to set each individual gemstone – a series of round brilliant cut zircons, diamonds and aquamarines. This photograph was the reference point.
Once painted, each gemstone’s setting had to be drilled and cut to the perfect shape and size. This was once again done by hand, taking more than a week of precise work (and plenty of patience!) in Louis’ studio.
Step 8: The Tahitian Pearls
With the pendant complete, it was ready to be suspended on a strand of Tahitian pearls. Cue: steely hands and a lot of patience.
Highly valued for their unique, naturally occurring colours and lustrous surfaces, these 45 cultured pearls range in size from 7.4mm to 11.19mm.
Step 9: The Grand Finale
And here we have it – La Parade Azure! A remarkable modern artwork and
finalist at the 2021/22 Jewellers Association of Australia Awards, inspired by
nature, and handcrafted behind the bench of a tiny studio in Paris.