Created by legendary jeweller Chaumet, the medals for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024 include a piece of Eiffel Tower in them.
February 9, 2024: When luxury conglomerate LVMH was named as the official partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024, nobody could have imagined such a unique idea coming forth.
Parisian jeweler Chaumet, a part of the LVMH umbrella, has crafted the medals for the Games, each of them holding a cherished piece of Eiffel Tower in them.
The first jeweler in the history of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to design these medals, Maison Chaumet drew inspiration from its style vocabulary, as well as iconic symbols of France and Paris, resulting in a truly unique design that fuses tradition and modernity. Chaumet has reinvented the most coveted of all awards for elite athletes, making it confident and bold, perfectly matched to the sporting feats of the athletes.
While conceiving the medal, Chaumet wanted to not only craft something truly irreplaceable, but also a medal that pays tribute to France and the City of Light, while echoing the creative codes of the brand.
The hexagon, a visual emblem symbolizing France, is also a cherished figure for Chaumet. The eight-sided symbol - which also represents France - is amplified by a series of rays that evoke the radiance of the nation as it hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024, as well as that of the athletes whose performances will thrill the world. This radiance is heightened by the faceting on the medals, designed as a deliberate nod to Paris’ much-loved nickname, the City of Light.
Made of gold, silver or bronze, these are above all medals from Paris. Paris 2024 and its Athletes Commission, headed by Martin Fourcade, felt that the Olympic and Paralympic champions should have a little piece of France close to their heart. The center of each medal has thus been cut from an authentic piece of iron from the Eiffel Tower, preserved during the renovation of the monument.
Chaumet has crafted this center in a hexagon shape too, setting it inside the medal with a technique known as “griffe setting”. This setting evokes the ‘Clous de Paris’ hobnail motif found in fine jewelry, as well as the pattern of rivets on the Eiffel Tower itself.
“With this magnificent medal design, LVMH and its Maison Chaumet perfectly and concretely illustrate the raison d’être of their partnership with Paris 2024, truly expressing ‘The Art of Crafting Dreams’. More than a medal, this is a combination of the most coveted object of the Games and the most iconic symbol of Paris and France, the Eiffel Tower. Thanks to Chaumet, the medal for the Paris 2024 Games becomes a veritable objet d’art, a jewel that brings together the radiance of Paris and the crowning achievement of all those who will ascend the podiums during the Olympics and Paralympics,” Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024, said.
The other side, which is identical for all Games, illustrates the rebirth of the modern Olympic Games in Greece. Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, is depicted against the backdrop of the Acropolis leaving the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Modern Olympics were held in 1896. For this edition of the Games, Paris 2024 wanted the Eiffel Tower to join the Acropolis. This side of the Olympic medal thus pays tribute to the Ancient Olympic Games in Greece, as well as the modern Games, which have returned to Paris after a century.
For the Paralympics medals, Chaumet chose to depict a view from the foot of the Eiffel Tower looking up, a perspective very familiar to both Parisians and visitors. The inscription ‘Paris 2024’ also figures on the medal and is engraved in universal braille, symbolizing accessibility, as well as a nod to the French inventor of the language, Louis Braille.
The medals are held with red or blue ribbons, reprising the colors of the French flag.