L’Aime du Voyage or “the spirit of travel” is the first fine jewelry collection from Louis Vuitton. Spearheaded by Lorenz Baümer (the talented art director of LV’s fine jewelry), the collection of rings, necklaces, bracelets and brooches show exemplary craftsmanship. The intricacy and delicate beauty of each set would leave you believing that the pieces are something of royal heirlooms dating back to the 1800’s.
The jewelry collection has three distinct features: the lace, the Louis Vuitton diamonds, and the precious stones.
The lace was created by Baümer to enhance each piece of jewelry with a soft, fabric-like element that plays on transparency through it’s assorted Louis Vuitton Monogram flower cut-outs.
The Louis Vuitton diamonds are diamonds in two special cuts: the LV Flower and the LV Star, shapes that pull inspiration from the famous LV Monogram flower pattern. The diamonds have between 65 to 77 facets which, in addition to it’s shape, give it a brilliance that can’t be mistaken as anything other than the sparkle from a Louis Vuitton diamond.
The stones come in a variety of hues and tones so that strong statements in design can be achieved through color. Gradients, monochromatic schemes and stark contrasts enhance the shapes and carry out the themes of each set.
There are five sets in the collection, each inspired by people and elements found across the globe.
The Massai set takes you to Africa, where the color found on the collars and bibs worn by the Massai tribe can be found reflected in each piece.
The Geisha set is inspired by the world renowned Japanese performers it’s named after. The set features shapes that resemble the fans and umbrellas geisha’s use to accessorize as well as shapes inspired by plants from Japan’s landscape, the sakura and lotus.
The Seville set takes it’s name from a city that serves as Spain’s artistic, cultural and financial center. The set captures Seville’s fluidity and grace through the use of flowing lines and colors that stay along reds and pinks.
The Shangai is an homage to the Orient with fiery colored precious stones against red and white gold, which slither and twist in designs that resemble flickering flames.
Last but not least is the Cabaret set, the French-inspired set that features shapes and colors inspired by the the lively movement of cabaret clubs with ocean-like colors for an added earthy element.