We take the Bague Bouquet de Fleurs ring from seed to store
Lorenz Bäumer didn’t present this bouquet to a woman; he was, however, inspired by one—Mitzah Bricard, ’50s fashion icon and muse of Christian Dior. “She was asked by a man, ‘Which is your favorite florist?’ And she answered, ‘Cartier,’?” says Bäumer, laughing. The Bague Bouquet de Fleurs ring springs from his garden—Bäumer’s jewels are labeled “Gardener,” “Architect,” or “Poet”—but it has roots in poetry as well. Bäumer, you won’t be surprised to learn, is a big poetry buff. He loves the romantics—Keats (“There’s one verse that I very much like: ‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever’?”), Guillaume Apollinaire (particularly “Le Pont Mirabeau,” which is about “a love lost and found”), and Shakespeare for his sonnets. And this ring is nothing if not romantic. “This is not real flowers that will be gone in one week,” he says. “It’s giving somebody flowers that will last forever.”
Bäumer’s blooms comprise 17.52 cts. t.w. rubies, tourmalines, peridots, and pink sapphires. “I have many favorite stones—I’m very unfaithful because I’m a creator,” he says. “But at this point I really like tourmalines…all the different varieties, from pink to green to black. They have a big range of expression.” In deep green, they represent foliage.
A ROSE IS (NOT) JUST A ROSE
“Every flower represents a little saying or thought,” says the Paris-based designer. “Here…the red rose, which I stylized, means ‘I love you in passion.’ The pansy means ‘I’m thinking of you.’?”
HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?
“The first stone I found was the drop-shaped pink cabochon,” says Bäumer, who was aiming for a “colorful…mostly pink and red” arrangement. He estimates the ring took three months—“one month, which is the creative process, and another two to manufacture.”
THAT’S A WRAP
Bäumer bundled the bouquet—retail price: EUR 10,350 (approximately $13,750)—in 18k pink gold: “It’s soft. It’s a warm color. And it’s very comfortable to wear—much easier than yellow gold.”