Gabrielle Chanel introduced her first and only jewelry collection, Bijoux de Diamants, in 1932, defying traditional jewelry codes. The famous star, the stones that complement the design of the jewel, the term “collection” borrowed from fashion, and the use of wax figures for a natural display of the jewels. This jewelry vision, this daring, and this one-of-a-kind creativity are still present today. The collection incorporated designs that held meaning to Coco Chanel and have become emblematic to the brand – they are represented by five codes: fringe, ribbon, feathers, the sun and stars.
Introducing the 55.55 Necklace
Gabrielle Chanel launched N°5 in 1921, the fragrance name inspired by her lucky number and an idea that would make her a legend. CHANEL High Jewellery created the N°5 Collection to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the N°5 perfume, crowned by a necklace whose design reflects the defining features of the iconic perfume bottle. The necklace is made up of over 700 diamonds that surround a D Flawless 55.55-carat diamond. A custom weight gives this piece the CHANEL signature. This stunning piece is extraordinary in its beauty and design. The 55.55 necklace will be displayed in the Maison’s Patrimoine at 18 Place Vendôme in Paris and will not be sold. There, it will shine as an eternal emblem of No 5’s spirit and exceptional skill in jewelry making.
Chanel’s Camellia Flower in Diamonds
featured image 1932 brooch. Photos courtesy of Chanel.