CHANEL Fine Jewellery draws its inspiration from the world of Gabrielle Chanel—a universe filled with symbols beloved by Mademoiselle since her childhood. She left 5 motifs to the House that became signatures — 5, like her lucky number.
Appearances can be deceiving. More than a flower, the camellia—Gabrielle Chanel’s favourite—is a declaration of style. It has been said that in 1913, Mademoiselle plucked the camellia from the buttonhole of the dandy’s jacket and attached it to her chiffon skirt. Its geometric curves represent the signature of a woman who cultivates the art of the unexpected.
A signature element of CHANEL style, the ribbon was used by Mademoiselle to decorate her boaters at the races. In a nod to couture, it inspires an art of the tied and the untied, both graphic and ethereal, in Fine Jewellery pieces. Coiled, laced, asymmetric or in motion, the CHANEL ribbon evokes a natural elegance.
Light and supple, the CHANEL feather is the same as the one Mademoiselle loved to pin to her straw hat. By 1932, she had adorned the plume with diamonds, discovering the expression of movement and freedom within. “If you’re born without wings, don’t do anything to stop them growing”, Mademoiselle said. The feather delicately emphasises the bold spirit of a woman who knows how to spread her own.
THE COMET AND THE SUN
“I wanted to cover women in constellations”, said Gabrielle Chanel in 1932 when she presented her first and only High Jewellery collection. A meteor shower of celestial diamonds taken from the Parisian sky that emphasised a woman’s beauty. Astral bodies that recalled the sun caressing her skin, which she loved to tan in the open air. Stars that belonged to those who choose their own destiny. Radiant. Luminous. Elusive. Like Mademoiselle.
As Coco Chanel’s astrological sign, the lion evokes the spirit of the House. Majestic, indomitable and wild, it embodies Mademoiselle’s radiant personality. It also represents the Lion of Venice, a city full of splendours and secrets that she discovered with amazement. Much more than a symbol, the lion is an inspiration for those who wear it. For CHANEL Fine Jewellery, it has become an emblem.
CHANEL Fine Jewellery creates an elegance that allows those who wear its pieces to choose who they want to be.
*The piece was created from a design by Lorenz Bäumer.