CHANEL ESCALE À VENISE HIGH JEWELRY COLLECTION
These high jewelry treasures offer a contemporary interpretation of Gabrielle Chanel’s discovery of the Floating City.
February 10, 2021
Patrice Leguéreau, director of the jewelry creation studio presents the Chanel Escale à Venise high jewelry collection, composed of 70 exceptional pieces. A tribute to one of Mademoiselle’s favorite destinations, Escale à Venise features the icons of Chanel as seen through the prism of La Sérénissime today.
Celebrating the architectural wealth of Venice, the Eblouissante set of jewelry is composed of white and pink geometric designs, in a unique interpretation of the facades of the palaces and the polychromatic marble floors of the churches.
Four sets with a particular fluidity reflect the elegance of the nautical world. Volute Vénitienne draws inspiration from the white and blue mooring poles used by the gondolas. Here, they appear in lapis lazuli and diamonds. Volute Marine also features this element of the lagoon on a lapis lazuli and diamond pendant suspended from a rail setting of diamond stars. In red and white, the mooring poles lend their diagonal striping to Volute Croisière.
Camélia Byzantin celebrates the ancient mosaics present on the island of Torcello with a breath-taking necklace made of hard stones. Their irregular outline exalts the beauty of a red camellia in carnelians and fire opals. For Camélia Vénitien, Chanel has translated the glass work for which the island of Murano is known, into the world of high jewelry, using rock crystal combined with yellow gold. Cut from this translucent gem, the fetish flower is embellished with garlands at the heart of an immaculate plastron reminiscent of the ornamentation of the Venetian mirrors in Gabrielle Chanel’s apartment on rue Cambon.
The spirit of Venice is expressed through the personality of the lion that reigns supreme over the city. After the first high jewelry collection of 2013 dedicated to Gabrielle Chanel’s astrological sign, the feline now appears in five distinguished sets. Lion Secret plays the color card on a three-strand sautoir necklace. It combines red spinel beads and lapis lazuli beads with two sovereign lions whose pelage consists of yellow sapphires.
The sky where the winged lion appears on the façade of Saint Mark’s Basilica, is transposed by Chanel onto the Constellation Astrale set. The result is a nocturnal necklace carved from a powerful lapis lazuli mosaic.
The sculptural aspect of these extraordinary stones imbues this ensemble with an aesthetic that is as precious as it is powerful.