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When Princess Elizabeth turned eighteen in 1944, she received a Boucheron aquamarine and diamond double clip brooch. She would continue to wear these sentimental designs throughout her reign. In 2020, Claire Choisne, Creative Director of Boucheron, decided to take inspiration from this unique piece to create a High Jewelry collection reinterpreting the famous Art Deco design through eighteen contemporary new designs. “Like a Queen” draws inspiration from an icon whose style transcended decades.
"Three years ago, when I delved into the Boucheron archives, I just couldn't get my mind off this Art Deco double clip brooch," explains Claire Choisne. "The precision and geometry of the Art Deco design tempered by the softness and light blue hue of the aquamarines have always fascinated me. I was touched by the sentimental value of this two-piece clip worn by Queen Elizabeth during important moments of her reign."
Claire Choisne, Creative Director
Vincent Meylan recounts the fascinating story of this pair of brooches, bought by the Duke of Kent at the Boucheron boutique in London on July 31, 1937. This creation was gifted, seven years later, to Princess Elizabeth for her eighteenth birthday.