15 May 2017

“Medusa” and the Legion of Honor

One of the videos featured in the “Medusa” exhibition echoes the current inauguration ceremony of France’s new President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron. We see Vincent Auriol, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Mitterrand all receive the large gold chain and medallion of the Grand Master of the Order of the Legion of Honor. Created by Napoleon to reward soldiers and civilians serving the nation, it is composed of the Legion of Honor star and sixteen links recalling the sixteen major activities of the nation.

Most popular articles

Patriotic headdresses

In a more striking incarnation, the Ukrainian vinok is now finding a new young audience and is perfectly in tune with the wave of patriotism.

The tortured gold of Orit Elhanati

In her Copenhagen workshop, Orit Elhanati plays tirelessly with the yellow gold, torturing, hammering, denting it.

Maiko Takeda's head jewelry

Maiko Takeda concentrates mainly on head adornments inspired by science, mathematics and the repetitive, obsessive music of Philip Glass.

The skyrocketing price of gold

In 2019, after several years of stagnation, the price of an ounce of gold soared by 20%. And there seems to be no end in sight…

An enamel plaque by Alexis Falize acquired by the MAD Paris

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs has just bought a unique book, “Les Émaux Cloisonnés Anciens et Modernes”, whose cover is inlaid with a enamel plaque by...

Cameo temptations

The cameo is also a classic motif well beyond the world of jewelry: here we see it in the form of a candle, a mug handle, a soap…