HIGH JEWELLERY SIGNATURE COLLECTION

HIGH JEWELLERY SIGNATURE COLLECTION Camélia

Gabrielle Chanel was seduced by the camellia. With no fragrance or thorns, it is a flower of simplicity and purity, much akin to the ethos of Coco Chanel. Compared to the opulence of a rose, she preferred the camellia’s sobriety and geometric roundedness, with classic and consistent ordering of the petals, intelligible yet beautiful, like the woman that she was.

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A play in contrasts, these camellia earrings mix diamonds and Gabrielle Chanel’s favourite pearls, while the asymmetry of the pair makes them distinctly modern. The softness of the Camellia’s diamond petals playfully opposes a graphic 2.01-carat, emerald-cut diamond, while the dazzling sparkle of a 1.52-carat, brilliant-cut diamond counters the pearl’s milky lustre.

“LA DAME AUX CAMÉLIAS WAS MY LIFE.”

— Gabrielle Chanel

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As with all CHANEL camellias, the design is comprised of five emblematic petals — five to represent Gabrielle Chanel’s favourite number. This version mesmerises in white gold, diamonds, and iridescent moonstones.

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Gabrielle Chanel on the beach of Étretat, France, with a camellia fastened to the waistband of her tunic, 1913.

In 1913, on the beach of Étretat, France, Coco Chanel was photographed with a camellia fastened to her waistband— a white camellia that became one of her emblems.

With her taste for opposites, she would wear it in stark contrast against a little black dress. Soon, it would adorn clothes, bags, shoes, and bloom in rubies, diamonds and pearls, transcending its status of flower to become the icon of CHANEL.

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A bracelet as timeless as the camellia itself, this camellia bracelet dapples the skin like a splash of sunlight, blooming in diamonds and white gold, with a round-cut central stone of 3.02 carats creating a dramatic yet feminine impression.

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The endless red of a 7.61-carat cushion-cut Mozambique Ruby, one of the most emblematic colours of the house, lies at the heart of the flower of CHANEL, a camellia fashioned in diamonds. This camellia necklace, a supple and surprising sautoir with a trio of pear-cut diamonds, boasts a diamond camellia that detaches to create a brooch, revealing beneath it another red camellia, this one of baguette-cut rubies. The transformability of the piece gives the wearer the freedom to choose — the ethos of Gabrielle Chanel, personified.

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This long white gold and diamond sautoir necklace captures this spirit of transformation, an adaptable piece that can be styled in five different ways. The necklace, with its intricate lace-like design, can be worn both long or short, and with or without the detachable diamond camellia, a symbol that is more than a flower, it is a CHANEL icon.