To celebrate the 100th year of the N°5 perfume’s, Patrice Leguéreau, Director of the CHANEL Fine Jewelry Creation Studio, has imagined the “Collection N°5”, the first High Jewellery collection ever to be dedicated to a perfume.
From the bottle to the sillage, hundred and twenty-three extraordinary pieces express the different facets of the N°5 perfume.
In 1921, the first “perfume for women with the scent of a woman” composed by Ernest Beaux and Gabrielle Chanel broke the codes. The N°5 perfume was a revolution because of the modernity of its fragrance, purity of the bottle, its name’s mystery.
In 1932, Mademoiselle smashed, once again, the codes – this time of French High Jewellery – with her only collection in platinum and diamonds. These “Bijoux de Diamants” introduced new ways of wearing jewellery and a contemporary, seducing allure.
In 2021, Patrice Leguéreau decided to bring these two domains together with the “Collection N°5”.
Gabrielle Chanel approached these two universes with the same visionary values, focusing on audacity and the quest for excellence. I wanted to rediscover that creative gesture with this collection, which has been conceived like a journey through the meanderings of the N°5 perfume’s soul, from the architecture of the bottle to the olfactive explosion of the fragrance. The highlight of this unprecedented collection is an emblematic and exceptional necklace set with a 55.55-carat diamond.Patrice Leguéreau
The “Collection N°5” reflects the main features of the iconic perfume, thanks to its daring creativity, noble materials, and an accentuated femininity together with an intimate character and a powerful timelessness.
Through the one hundred and twenty-three flexible and architectural pieces of jewellery, Chanel offers its vision of the contrast between the graphic design of the bottle and the sensuality of the fragrance.
In addition, the Creation Studio magnifies five of the N°5 perfume’s identifying elements through compositions of rare and exceptional gemstones. Here they are.
Its rectangular shape recalls the Place Vendôme. Crafted from rock crystal or set with diamonds, onyx, pearls and yellow sapphires, the precious octagon is at the heart of the elegant and sophisticated graphic jewellery sets.
Through a skilful play on transparency, the rings adorned with rock crystal reveal beds of diamonds that underline the purest of profiles. Chanel exalts the beauty of symbolic gemstones such as the 5.21-carat diamond on the Diamond Stopper ring on other gold rings.
The stopper is even more feminine with a ribbon of diamonds, symbolizing the start of the imaginary world of the N°5 perfume.
Lines of white and yellow diamonds and yellow sapphires design the bottle’s geometric silhouette, making it instantly recognizable — the gems cascade over sautoir necklaces, brooches and pendant earrings.
The N°5 Abstraction necklace follows the same idea, with its subtle gradient colours revealing a perfect pairing of yellow and white diamonds. With their ethereal lines, these bottles let tears of pear-shaped diamonds and pink morganite escape and flow over the skin like droplets of the perfume.
Driven by a powerful and sensual line, the outline of the number ‘5’ becomes one of the collection’s signatures.
It sits off-centre on a yellow gold and diamond choker with a drop of golden beryl.
The XL version has the Eternal N°5 necklace transforming into a collar and its ‘five’ into a brooch.
A 10-carat emerald-cut diamond completes the spectacular design, composed of a mix of round, pear, navette and oval-shaped diamonds.
Wrapped in diamond ribbons on necklaces and bracelets, the 5 possesses the same sensuality reminiscent of the scented elixir.
Like this majestic brooch, a flamboyant 4-carat sapphire accompanies the famous number in orange and pink sunrise hues and an amber topaz drop of more than 30 carats.
The jasmine, the may rose, and the ylang-ylang blossom over the colourful jewellery sets at the fragrance’s heart. The flowers’ appear in the shape of a star, moon, and sun, echoing the symbols of Chanel’s 1932 collection.
The freshness of the jasmine – which resembles a star – perfumes a cloud of diamonds.
As for the may rose, Chanel interprets it through a round, moon-like flower with its many petals dipped in pink sapphires. The gemstones sparkle in all their beauty on a long sautoir pearl necklace and a diamond-set chain.
Finally, an asymmetrical bouquet of white flowers representing the jasmine, the rose and the ylang-ylang adorns the Absolu N°5 plastron set with diamonds. The 5-carat diamond at the centre of the motif can also be worn as a brooch.
To translate the olfactive revolution of the N°5 perfume, Chanel has imagined pieces with abstract motifs that shimmer and soften over the body like perfume.
The solar and amber colours of a great pairing of 350-carats of imperial topazes give the Golden Burst necklace an incandescent, almost baroque air.
Chanel plays with pink harmonies in the Blushing Sillage jewellery. Set in diamonds, rubies, garnets, yellow sapphires and pink and red spinels, it forms a gradation of colours resembling the golden jus of the N°5 perfume.
As for the monochrome side, a cloud of diamonds illuminates the star-shaped composition of the Diamond Sillage necklace glistening with a 10-carat flawless stone, while its surrounding gems form scintillating ricochets over the neckline.
With 100 years of fame behind it, only a rich, unique and mysterious perfume like the N°5 could inspire such a superb collection of High Jewellery.