The Maison has always looked to nature for inspiration. From the first Lovebirds clips in 1933 to the L’Arche de Noé racontée collection, these animal pieces embody messages of love and affection.
The Lovebirds clip is one of the Maison's most tender creations. It belonged to Soraya Esfandiari-Bakhtiari, wife of the Shah of Iran and one of the most glamorous women of her time. Princess Soraya was raised in Isfahan and often strolled in its legendary gardens, where she learned to love flowers and birds. Her jewels reflected this passion for nature.
This multicolored brooch, which she purchased in 1954, depicts three birds composed of cabochon-cut rubies and round diamonds, perched on a yellow gold branch decorated with a sapphire flower.
Drawing featuring Lovebirds clips, circa 1950
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