Marion Cotillard collaborates with Chopard to create the Ice Cube Capsule, embodying her style and perception of ethical jewellery.
Marion Cotillard’s dedication to environmental activism and support of Chopard on its Journey to Sustainable Luxury is no closely guarded secret. Inspired to create a jewellery set that encapsulates her style and penchant for ethical jewellery, the actress shared her vision for a capsule collection with Caroline Scheufele, Co-President and Artistic Director of Chopard.
The Ice Cube Capsule was birthed from Cotillard’s desire to expand her environmental and social concerns to the world of jewellery. Raising the idea during a discussion with her long-time friend Scheufele, she asked for assistance in realising her vision. Scheufele was pleased to devote Chopard’s savoir-faire to the project.
The Co-President of the Maison gave full artistic license to the actress while ensuring Chopard sourced the ethically mined materials. The specialist support of Chopard’s artisans were also essential to the creation of the enduringly exquisite jewellery.
The collaboration reflects a kinder side of luxury, demonstrating a genuine interest in the livelihoods of the men and women who mine raw materials.
“Marion Cotillard is very creative and all our discussions on this project have been extremely inspiring. By bringing her interpretation to our Ice Cube collection, she is inventing a contemporary and relaxed way to wear diamonds. It is a great pleasure to combine her ideas with our expertise in the realm of ethical jewellery,” Caroline Scheufele remarks.
About the Collection
From an aesthetic standpoint, the Ice Cube Capsule by Marion Cotillard is inspired by the graphic forms and edgy rocker spirit of Chopard’s Ice Cube collection. A total of seven Haute Joaillerie creations and a ring comprise the newest collection, crafted in Fairmined-certified ethical gold and diamonds that meet the best global standards.
The actress’ designs most notably reiterate the alignment of small, faceted cubes while facilitating the relaxed way the jewellery can be worn as individual statement pieces or stacked. Though renowned for its geometric style, the collection succeeds in imbuing a touch of asymmetry that cements its contemporary edge. Marion Cotillard’s designs are unapologetic in their disruption of traditional aesthetic codes for stunningly bold pieces.
In nature, the only consistency is inconsistency. As a result, the earrings in the Ice Cube Capsule are all different, complementary, and designed to be worn as a part of a mix and match situation.
One side features a series that consists of two connected gold rings to wear on the top of the ear, followed by a diamond-set counterpart. Finally, on the earlobe is a princess-cut solitaire diamond. The square shape refers to the small faceted cubes of the rings.
On the other ear, a new combination of three rings connect via the back of the ear, each set with a diamond, then another diamond set piece; and lastly, on the lobe, flows a cascade of generous princess-cut diamonds that entirely obscure the underlying gold setting.
All the earrings have been made in a clip-on style to suit non-pierced ears such as the actress’ own. To complete the series of earrings that may be worn solo or stacked, she has also designed a ring. It is composed of two rings, joined by a princess-cut solitaire diamond.
The Journey to Sustainable Luxury
Since 2018, all watch and jewellery creations by Chopard are made of ethical gold. The Ice Cube Capsule by Marion Cotillard collection is no exception. The 18-carat yellow gold used for these pieces is certified by the Fairmined label, ensuring they adhere to the best social and environmental practices. The gold is then smelted in Chopard’s workshops. One of few Maisons to have its own in-house foundry, this enabled the jewellery and watchmaker to commit to using 100% ethical gold.
In terms of diamonds, Chopard only sources from suppliers who are members of the Responsible Jewellery Council. Chopard has the distinction of becoming the first luxury jewellery and watchmaker to educate clients on the origins of its raw materials. More details about its Ice Cube Capsule collection here.
This story first appeared on Prestige Malaysia