The blackened gold collar wraps organically around the neck and is covered in tiny white and brown diamonds and sapphires. Flowers - which open and close - contain dazzling ruby hearts, while an extremely rare 15 carat lilac sapphire is at the hidden among the thorns of the setting and can be removed and worn as a pendant.
BOUCHERON has finally revealed Shaun Leane to be the jeweler behind the latest collaboration in a succession of high-profile partnerships to celebrate the luxury label's 150th anniversary - a one of a kind necklace.
For the dramatic piece, Leane took inspiration from one of Boucheron's muses: Mystery. The evening-flowering Queen of the Night bloom, inspired the delicate, blackened gold flowers that are embedded with rare white and brown diamonds and sapphires, which can open and close - just like the flower itself - with the help of hidden buttons.
"I was also inspired by the Countess of Castiglione who lived as a recluse but was also a famous femme fatale," said the Hatton Garden-trained jeweler of his creation. "She was alleged to have had beautiful eyes that changed color between blue and violet, so I used an extremely rare 15 carat lilac sapphire in the setting that can be removed and worn as a pendant."
The necklace was unveiled at a super-exclusive party at the Boucheron store in Mayfair, which saw 30 teams made up of editors-in-chiefs, fashion personalities and Boucheron's VIP clientele race around London on a treasure hunt to win £100,000 worth of jewelry.