Chanel Fine Jewellery - The purity, rarity and exceptional brilliance of diamonds have made them the most precious stones in the world and the absolute symbol of eternal love. Their name comes from the Greek "adamas", meaning invincible, in reference to their extreme hardness.
"If I have chosen diamonds, it is because they represent the highest value in the smallest volume." Gabrielle Chanel
Eternal and unchanging, the diamond was Mademoiselle Chanel's favourite stone. In 1932, it was to diamonds that she dedicated her first collection of Fine Jewellery, "Bijoux de diamants". This is why CHANEL Fine Jewellery selects the finest diamonds to inspire its incomparable creativity.
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Diamonds come in a variety of colours, ranging from the so-called "colourless" diamonds, whose colour is classified according to an internationally-recognised scale, to those rarer diamonds with clearly defined colours, such as yellow, blue, pink, champagne, black or green.
A diamond's quality depends on perfect combinations of 4 criteria, subject to endless variations that make each stone unique.
The clarity of a diamond is determined by the number and the size of visible inclusions in the stone.
Ideal diamonds are generally distinguished by the absence of colour.
Thus the more colourless a diamond is, the rarer and more precious it is.
An international standard attributes the letter "D" to totally colourless diamonds, with the remaining letters used to measure tints appearing in the stone.
The cut is the element which enhances a diamond's qualities, thus revealing its incomparable brilliance.
Excellent proportions combined with perfectly symmetrical facets enable light to be captured and to reveal the carefully selected stone's true brilliance.
The word "carat" refers to the seeds of the carob tree, used in Antiquity to measure the weight of a diamond, and has been the international standard unit of measurement since 1907. A carat is equivalent to 0.20 grammes.
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In its constant search for perfection, CHANEL Fine Jewellery includes in the diamond selection process an examination by an expert gemmologist who takes the time to examine each gem.
In this way, CHANEL Fine Jewellery offers exceptional diamonds that are among the finest in the world.
For each centre diamond of a weight equivalent to or greater than 0.25 carats, CHANEL Fine Jewellery provides a certificate issued by the internationally renowned laboratory of the GIA (Gemological Institute of America)
(In exceptional cases, certain certificates are issued by the HRD: "Hoge Raad voor Diamant")
This certificate is a veritable identity card for each stone, indicating its composition in terms of the 4Cs, but also providing a body of supplementary information attesting to the exceptional quality of a CHANEL Fine Jewellery diamond.
CHANEL Fine Jewellery encourages respect for strict ethical standards in terms of sourcing. All diamonds sold in CHANEL Boutiques come from legal sources, in full compliance with the certification system of the Kimberley Process, as defined by the United Nations.
Under the guarantee system instituted by this process, each partner undertakes to provide a certificate attesting in writing that the diamonds are sourced from non-conflict countries.
This particular vigilance helps ensure the credibility of the diamond trade, eradicating the circulation of stones from countries in situations of armed conflict.