Love was the theme for Chopard’s Red Carpet Collection of exquisite jewellery and watches, launched at the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival on 14 May. Designed by Caroline Scheufele, co-president and artistic director of the Swiss luxury house, this selection comprised of 72 necklaces, bracelets, rings, brooches and jewellery-watches. The stunning haute joaillerie creations were worn by some of the world’s most talented actresses as they made their way down the red carpet for the famous ‘mondtée des marches’ ritual. These included Amber Heard, Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning and Zhang Ziyi to name, but a few.
Chopard — the Artisan of Emotions — has been an official partner of the prestigious film event since 1998. And so, the star-studded international affair was, perhaps, the perfect setting for the debut of this series. Meant to celebrate love in its most diverse forms, each piece is an ode to colour, daring shapes and precious stones.
Among the many choices is a remarkable set — a necklace and a pair of earrings — featuring heart-shaped tanzanites, Paraiba tourmalines, amethysts and diamonds placed in circles of ethical white gold and titanium. The necklace alone called for 500 hours of work, testifying the levels of perfection embodied by Chopard. This trait can be seen expressed in their choice of breathtakingly beautiful gems, too. Witness a 111-carat, cabochon-cut emerald mounted on a floral-inspired necklace, as well as exceptional pink diamonds showcased on solitaire rings.
Presenting a different style, two pairs of chandelier earrings testify to Chopard’s mastery of titanium. Known for its lightness, this metal supports a cascade of either tanzanites or amethysts, with the coloured titanium appearing to vanish entirely so as to magnify the brilliance of the gems.
Other talismans, such as sautoir necklaces, feature subtly graded shapes evoking the colours of a rainbow. And finally, two bracelets set the perfect finishing touch. One offers a pleasing combination of Paraiba tourmalines, tanzanites, amethysts and sapphires. And the other associates the orange tone of a Spessartite garnet with the green and blue shimmer of an opal, emerald and sapphire setting.
Because love is often expressed with flowers, Caroline has designed a set of rings and earrings resembling astonishingly lifelike orchids. Vividly showcasing the maison’s technical expertise, the dainty titanium flower stems are adorned with diamonds, amethysts and sapphires. The petals on the earrings are paved with diamonds and amethysts, while those of the ring are delicately decorated with pink sapphires and diamonds.
Time for Love
Chopard’s elegant jewellery-watches make an impactful impression in the Red Carpet Collection, as well. Set with diamonds that form a lacework motif, these timepieces welcome rare precious stones — sapphires, rubies, emeralds or pink and yellow diamonds — to their dials.
Love with Care
In keeping with the Swiss house’s commitment to the environment, the collection also features three special pieces — a cuff bracelet, necklace and pair of earrings. Each of these have been crafted using ethical Fairmined certified gold and diamonds sourced from Responsible Jewellery Council-approved suppliers.
An Artist’s Vision
A selection of illustrations by talented artist Meghan Hess, specially commissioned by Caroline, provided a unique interpretation to this collection. A romantic dinner under a pendant chandelier inspired by ruby and diamond earrings, a flower plucked from a greenhouse filled with arums, or the terrace of a hotel beneath a sparkling sapphire sky — all gave splendid life to the theme of love explored by this inspired Red Carpet Collection.