The story so far on AlphaLuxe; CHOPARD Queen of Kalahari part 1: Plucked from the Desert [Click]
[Video excerpts from the documentary film ‘The Queen of Kalahari’ are at end of this page.]
Even the co-president of Chopard, Caroline Scheufele, must admit that being presented with a 342-carat stone of perfect colour and absolute purity is a once-a-lifetime opportunity that she and the House of Chopard tackled with alacrity to produce a set of 23 diamonds – The Garden of Kalahari – of which, five gemstones each weigh over 20 carats.
Each of the main stone cuts – cushion, brilliant, heart, emerald and pear – is represented. “Faced with this rough diamond, we had a number of potential options. I wanted to explore every possibility and to represent all diamond cuts.” – Caroline Scheufele.
“Diamonds are a Gift from God”
Of course, fortune favours the benevolent.
As an early advocate for sustainable development in jewellery, Chopard actively encouraged the Karowe mine to join the growing number of Chopard’s ethical supply partners – Fairmined® gold, coloured gemstones and diamonds – to adopt Eco-Age’s independent Green Carpet Challenge validation criteria that maintain best international practices in environmental and social justice.
The Karowe mine is continuing on its journey to sustainability and in the final stages to achieve the Responsible Jewellery Council certification. With this Sustainable Luxury partnership, Kurowe mine immediately called Chopard when the, then, un-named ‘Queen of Kalahari’ diamond was found.
The Garden of Kalahari
As Chopard Creative Director, Caroline Scheufele sketched the stories, symbols and motifs around the Big-5 stones.
The breath-taking 50-carat brilliant cut becomes a sunflower, the 26-carat heart shape a delicate pansy, the 25-carat pear shape a majestic banana blossom, the 20-carat cushion cut is a flaming poppy and the 21-carat emerald cut floats on a pool with a water lily.
As an avid gardener, Caroline Scheufele drew together the shapes, echoes, reflections and colours of an imaginary garden blooming in the desert.
These five diamonds are the masterpieces of the 23 diamonds of The Garden of Kalahari.
The Big-5 are complemented by the Queen of Kalahari’s remaining offspring: 18 stones, plus smaller petal-shaped and pavé diamonds also sourced from Botswana.
These incomparable gems are set into the delicate, feminine, lace-like ‘Precious Chopard’ patterns that are a signature motif of Chopard High Jewellery.
The Queen of Kalahari: The Creative Process
The Garden of Kalahari: Chopard Atelier
More in Part 3….
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He was also CEO of PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).