Its precious jewels have adorned US stars from Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Kendall Jenner, to our very own Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, and Kangna Ranaut, as they have strutted the red carpet in their finery at Cannes. As official partner of the Cannes International Film Festival since 1998, Swiss jewellery and watches maison Chopard has unveiled every year an Haute Joaillerie collection aptly named Red Carpet. For this year’s theme, Co-President and Artistic Director of the maison, Caroline Scheufele has chosen to depict ‘Nature’. Here are the very first creations that give a glimpse into the 73 models of the precious ‘jewellery casket’ inspired by flora and fauna.Chopard Owl Timepiece in ethical 18-carat white gold, set with brilliant-cut (7.5cts) and trapeze-cut (1.6ct) diamonds as well as trapeze-cut multicoloured sapphires (4.1cts)
The Red Carpet Collection: an annual feat
Since the 60th anniversary of the Cannes International Film Festival, Chopard’s Haute Joaillerie workshops have achieved the feat of composing a collection each year that includes as many creations as the years the Festival has existed – an ambitious challenge proposed by the maison’s Caroline Scheufele to her artisans, who altogether represent more than 30 different crafts. Today, the Chopard ateliers, located in Geneva, are the largest Haute Joaillerie workshops in Switzerland, with sculptor-jewellers, lapidaries, gem-setters, and polishers. From simple lines to generous volumes, from working on gold to precious stones, these talented craftsmen push the limits of what’s possible and breathe life into the jewels in this prestigious collection. Living up to its Red Carpet moniker, it’s destined to sparkle on the steps of th ePalais des Festivals et des Congrès as it adorns the world’s most beautiful stars during the official presentation of their films.Chopard Orchids Earrings in titanium set with four black cabochon-cut opals (totaling 5.3cts), as well as brilliant-cut sapphires (16.9cts), tsavorites (8.5cts) and tourmalines (4.7cts)
Celebrating nature at its finest
This year, Caroline Scheufele will unveil a range of 73 treasures. The creative soul of Chopard and initiator of its journey to sustainable luxury, she has decided to celebrate the environment, along with its flora and fauna, by choosing 'Nature' as the main theme of this 13th collection.
Chopard reveals the first creations from the talented artisans in its workshops: an “Owl” jewellery watch featuring two dials surrounded by multicoloured sapphires forming the eyes of the nocturnal creature; a pair of “Orchids” earrings featuring incredibly natural-looking sapphire petals and tsavorite buds; “Gingko” earrings and a ring composed of pear-shaped emeralds, tsavorites, and yellow sapphires in shades evoking the foliage of this majestic tree; as well as a series of adorable “Polar bear” and “Seal” diamond rings.Chopard Seal Ring in ethical 18-carat white gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds (4.7cts), brilliant-cut coloured diamonds (4.1cts) and cabochon-cut topazes
A continuous source of inspiration
In 2010, for Chopard’s 150th anniversary, Caroline Scheufele had designed 150 Haute Joaillerie creations composing the Animal World collection. ‘Nature' continues this artistic approach by drawing on the expertise and ingenuity cultivated by the artisans of the maison to craft a series of necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets made of precious stones.
Chopard loves cinema
The workshops of the maison Chopard create all the trophies awarded at the Cannes International Film Festival's closing ceremony – including the most coveted of them all, the Palme d'or, composed of 118 grams of Fairmined certified ethical gold and a solid block of rock crystal. Since 2001, the maison has also showcased youthful talents in the world known as the “seventh art” through the Trophée Chopard: an award ceremony included in the official Festival calendar and which annually rewards an up-and-coming actress and actor.Chopard Gingko Ring in ethical 18-carat rose gold and titanium set with a 5.05-carat pear-shaped emerald as well as brilliant-cut tsavorites (2cts) and yellow sapphires (1.4ct) Chopard White Teddy Bears Ring in ethical 18-carat white gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds (9cts), cabochon-cut sapphires and onyx
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