In 1919, Gabrielle Chanel fled Paris to Venice, the city of the lion, devastated by the loss of her great love, Boy Capel. While there, under the watchful eye of the Lion of Venice, Coco found new inspiration and the courage to go on.
Throughout her life, Gabrielle Chanel kept figures of lions, the emblem that would be engraved upon the buttons of her tweed suits. Forever protecting Coco Chanel, the lion is the spirit of CHANEL High Jewellery.
“I’M A LEO AND LIKE HIM, I SHOW MY CLAWS TO PROTECT MYSELF, BUT, BELIEVE ME, I SUFFER MORE BY CLAWING THAN BEING CLAWED.”
Working from an original design by the High Jewellery creative studio, a sculptor crafts the lion from clay, creating a majestic creature in motion, which is then cast in yellow gold. The lion stands on a base of quartz crystal and white diamonds, materials beloved by Gabrielle Chanel, while the paw of the lion protects a clock, enclosed in a clear crystal globe, with a dial paved in diamonds.