Guerlain’s scented jewelry piece Le Secret de la Reine, made by Parisian jeweler Lorenz Bäumer, blends traditional and modern craftsmanship techniques including diamond cutting, jewel-setting and 3D printing.
Hot on the heels of the L'Abeille Noire Édition Prestige fragrance launched last month, Guerlain has unveiled another collaboration with designer Lorenz Bäumer.
Le Secret de La Reine is a scented jewelry piece in the shape of a queen bee; its diamond laden, white gold chain necklace enables it to be worn as a brooch or a pendant.
Thanks to a mechanism inspired by watchmaking, the consumer presses on the pear-shaped two-carat diamond to open the wings. The bee's body, made of 3D printed gold with a honeycomb motif, appears inside.
The “little gold fishnet” portion of the jewel can be perfumed with a scent. "Applied to the body of the bee with a pipette, drops of perfume work their way into the honeycomb structure,” explains Baumer. When the wings are closed, the scent is almost imperceptible, but when open, the fragrance is released.”
Le Secret de la Reine is available in two incarnations: onyx and white gold, or rock crystal, white and yellow gold. Both versions boast more than 14 carats of diamonds. The jewels launched this November.