What with all the country’s current obsession with everything under-the-sea thanks to Blue Planet II, it seems somewhat apt that pearls are getting yet another second in the fashion spotlight.The iridescent gem – which is officially the oldest gemstone in the world – has long been a symbol of elegance, favoured by Hollywood royalty and actual royalty alike; Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy and Diana, Princess of Wales made the pearl necklace a component of their signature style. But they were late to the party; the oldest evidence of pearls being worn as adornment in fact dates back to 520 BC and a Persian princess who was laid to rest with her pearl jewelry – the fragments of which are now on display at the Louvre.In more recent history, pearls have started to be a symbol of polish and poise. Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel created them synonymous with her fashion house by wearing numerous strands continuously, even famously stating “a woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls”. To this day they remain an integral feature of the brand, appearing in some form in each ready-to-wear and couture collection presented by present Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld.For Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Wheat was a symbol of prosperity and a recurring design part in her Rue Cambon flat: Sheaf motifs sprouted at a painting by Salvador Dalí, on a elaborate fireplace mantel and the pedestal of a Regency-style dining table. So it’s not quite as curious as it might seem her namesake company picked this mundane stalk for a theme for Les Blés p Chanel, its latest “high-jewelry” collection (a designation for one-of-a-kind bits that are the gem equivalents of couture).
Another highlight — the Jeanne brooch — displays exactly the identical airiness and features camellias, leaves and abstract birds which bring to mind the beloved Coromandel Chinese folding screens she kept in her Paris apartment.The brooch is centred on a sparkling pink cushion-cut spinel weighing 10.07ct, with pink sapphires and grey spinels sprinkled around showing the motifs. The piece features touches of blackened gold that give it a depth and gravity that impeccably balance the overall lightness of it as well as add a trendy contemporary feel.The Maud and Marthe series are where Chanel’s penchant for ribbons excels through.The craftsmanship is outstanding — they look so real. The Maud series makes a motif out of the uneven fanned ends of a ribbon at the end of a knot, and the contrast between the angular ends and curvaceous twists is enriched by means of round vibrant and baguette-cut diamonds. The Maud earrings are a perfect case, and therefore are artfully completed with just two pear-cut diamonds of about 1ct each.The Marthe series is a study of black and white. Blackened gold edges give the illusion of chic light-hearted ribbon dangling around itself and falling perfectly set up, imparting just enough strength without being overly stark.The choice of gray spinels atop the darkened ends subtly adds depth whilst preserving.the overall translucency of the piece. The addition of creamy strands of little pearls is a masterstroke. Japanese cultured pearls bridge the dichotomy of black and white and improve the motion produced by the diamond ribbons, bestowing the sumptuousness and femininity synonymous with pearls.
Despite being christened Eugénie, Coco Chanel’s mother was known only as Jeanne. Her sister Antoinette was one of her first models, parading her clothing daily across the hotel boardwalks of Deauville where Chanel had her initial clothing boutique — the Paris address at rue Cambon was originally just licensed to sell hats. Lady Suzanne Orlandi was the first girl to wear the little black gown, a Chanel production and arguably the most important contribution to the contemporary wardrobe.These are only some of the women who left their mark Chanel’s life in her early days before 1920, and their titles are immortalised in the latest fine-jewellery collection, Coco avant Chanel.The collection is done up in chic colors of pink, white and grey, realised in Padparadscha sapphires, Western and Tahitian pearls, morganite, gray spinels and moonstones. However, the majority of the pieces, including the pièce de résistance — the Gabrielle Chanel necklace — are dominated by the large enduring gem of : diamonds.In keeping with the subject of origins, the necklace is deliberately named after Chanel’s given name instead of Coco — the nickname she gave herself. It is a collar necklace made from 1,581 diamonds, using camellia patterns which float and swirl around a 10.02ct pear-cut diamond set in the centre.Despite the necklace’s girth, the overall impression is one of lightness, thanks to the strategic gaps around the central diamond that resemble the fearless snips of a seamstress’s scissors.
Chanel CC Logo Gold Tone Metal Rhinestone Necklace Features:
Condition: Good (One Rhinestone Was Lost.)
Material: Gold Tone Hardware