The history of Boucheron Serpent Bohème

Boucheron Serpent Bohème jewellery

Boucheron was the first jeweler to occupy the Place Vendome in Paris and is known as the “jeweler of light.” It created the iconic Serpent Collection in 1968.

Boucheron’s love story with the emblematic serpent began in earnest in 1888 when Frederic Boucheron, the founder of the House of Boucheron, gave his wife Gabrielle a superb necklace featuring the serpent motif as a parting gift before leaving for a long voyage. Symbolizing the love that linked the spouses, the jewel was tasked with protecting Boucheron’s spouse during his absence. From that date onward, the serpent became the emblem of the House of Boucheron, as a symbol for a message of love, faithfulness and joy, a true talisman for the couple. The world’s oldest civilizations, including Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt, honored the snake as a universal symbol of fertility, immortality and protection. The iconography of the serpent is a symbol of the House of Boucheron, even featuring in its monogrammed logo, wrapped around the initial B.

The first Serpent collection appeared in 1968 and, helped along by the emancipation movements of the time, the reptile theme was a great success from the outset. In 2013, the collection was revised and reinvented in a more contemporary style, known as “Serpent Boheme.” The newcomer remains true to its predecessor’s role as in icon of the House of Boucheron but the addition of the adjective “Bohemian” pays tribute to the affection in which Frederic Boucheron held the intellectual and artistic circles of his time.

With Serpent Boheme, Boucheron delivers a collection rich in symbolic meaning that transforms gold into minute, chiseled scales and where the motif, fully set with pavé diamonds, symbolizes the head of the serpent, creating the golden thread that unites the entire Serpent Boheme collection.

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