The ballet has often inspired jewelers to create jewelry collections. Dance steps, graceful silhouettes of ballerinas, their costumes - all this was reflected in the product designs. Let us tell you more!
Van Cleef & Arpels
For many years, the fine art of the Van Cleef & Arpels brand has been inextricably linked to ballet. In 1941, the company made the Ballerinas brooch collection for the first time. Miniatures were made of gold, platinum, diamonds and gems, and the poses of ballerina brooches repeated ballet positions and steps. The signature feature of every brooch was a rose-cut diamond head, other gems were matched to convey the costume textures. Delicate design charmed people of the society, as during these difficult years of World War II they lacked romance.
The collection was regularly replenished with new products, perpetuating the most iconic of the ballet images. Jewelers got their ideas from portraits of the dancer Marie Anne de Camargo, photographs of the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, paintings by Edgar Degas, the ballets La Sylphide, Carmen and The Sleeping Beauty.
The ballet reciprocated the brand. In 1961, choreographer George Balanchine expressed his personal admiration for ballerina brooches to Claude Arpels, and in 1967, the Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry style inspired the choreographer to create a joint project - the ballet Jewels, choreographed to the music by Fauré, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky.
In 2007, to mark the 40th anniversary of the production, the brand released the Ballets Précieux collection, and later continued this series with new designs dedicated to the five Russian masterpieces: Swan Lake, La Bayadere, The Nutcracker, Golden Fish and The Rite of Spring.
Marcel Boucher started to make costume jewelry in 1937, when the demand for expensive jewelry fell off after the default. Ballerina brooches made of jewelry alloy, which retained original appearance for decades, have become iconic products.
The most famous collection, Ballet of Jewels, was released in 1949 and 1950. The series consisted of eight brooches and included a prima ballerina, a ballet couple, the characters Harlequin, Colombine and Pierrot from the ballet Carnival, and the prince and princess from The Sleeping Beauty. The figurines formed a single picture when worn together. The brooches were inlaid with rhinestones, and the alloy was plated with rhodium and gold. Each ballerina by Boucher was marked, had a name and a patent.
D'Orlan company, that bought the brand after Boucher had died, reintroduced the Ballet of Jewels series in the 1980s, but only the brooches with the Boucher original mark are of high value - when they were made they cost $ 10, today their price reaches $ 6,000.
The Lalique brand is the official partner of the Paris National Opera. Six collections were created in this collaboration, each of them means a declaration of love to the great works of opera and ballet art.
Le Baiser is a reference to the ballet Romeo and Juliet. The jewelry in this collection is made of silver and crystal, their common distinguishing element is the engraving in the form of a kiss of two lovers.
The Cygnes collection is dedicated to Swan Lake. White gold, onyx, enamel, pearls and diamonds were used to create it. The design repeats the silhouettes of swans that René Lalique liked.
The most striking collection is L'Oiseau de Feu, a jewelry embodiment of the Firebird ballet, music for which was written by Igor Stravinsky at the request of Sergei Diaghilev. In these pieces of gold, diamonds, fire opals and jade you can clearly recognize the style of the ballet costumes and aesthetics of Art Deco.
In 2012, the St. Petersburg brand Sasonko launched the Premiere collection, the first of three in their Ballet series. Tatyana Khromoseeva, the artist of the brand, conveyed the lightness and grace of ballerinas through the outlines of flying ballet tutus. Necklaces, earrings and rings are made of white and yellow gold, inlaid with diamonds and aquamarines. Ulyana Lopatkina, the prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Theater, became the face of this collection.
Later, in the Ballet.Cocktail collection, colored enamel was added to the precious stones, thus achieving color combinations reminiscent of the style of the Russian avant-garde. And in 2015, jewelers used perforated gold in their Ballet.Concept jewelry.
Last year, the Breguet watch house released the Reine de Naples 8958 Cammea Ballerina watch. With an exclusive design, the brand expressed their love for Russia, using the theme of one of the main cultural values of the country - Russian ballet. The model is made in only five copies and is available for purchase only in Russia. The design turned out to be sophisticated, they used a rare seashell hand-engraving technique, which was made especially for Breguet by two craftsmen living in a small town near Naples. Three ballerinas, frozen in ballet positions on the dial, are a unique work of art, framed by 40 diamonds. The case is made of white gold.
Prima ballerina of the Mikhailovsky Theater Angelina Vorontsova became the face of this exclusive model.