From Swarm to Store: Chaumet’s Buzz-Worthy Bee My Love Earrings

To bee or not to bee? That isn’t even a question when faced with these killer Bee My Love earrings by 231-year-old Parisian ­jeweler Chaumet. “The bee has been an icon for Chaumet since the first jewelry pieces made for Napoleon as the imperial symbol of immortality and undisputed power,” says artistic director Lionel Giraud. (Chaumet was the official supplier of ­jewelry for the diminutive French emperor.) These gold, diamond, and yellow and orange sapphire drops were created for the Attrape-moi si…tu m’aimes (Catch me…if you love me) collection, a 30-piece line that’s dotted with honeycomb motifs. “The bee and its ­honeycombs become a symbol of the foundation of a strong and lasting relationship,” says Giraud, citing a quote from French writer Raymond Radiguet: “Comme l’abeille butine et enrichit sa ruche, un amoureux enrichit son amour (As the bee gathers ­po

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