An insight into one of Gabrielle Chanel’s most personal symbol: this is the creative inspiration for CHANEL’s latest high jewellery collection, Les Blés de Chanel.
Wheat plays an important part in Mlle Chanel’s life. It permeates her childhood, her souvenirs, the ambiences of the houses where she spent her life.
These are memories that never left her, and CHANEL’s high jewellery collection, Les Blés de Chanel, resonates with this eternal symbol of regeneration, abundance, luck, prosperity and endless creativity.
The collection follows the life cycle of wheat, and the 62 high jewellery pieces in all their softness appear like a wheat field moving in the warm breeze.
«Premiers Brins», «Brins de Printemps» and «Brins de Diamants» pay homage to the tender young wheat shoots of early spring, evoked by the tender transparency of diamonds, peridots, crystalline and aquamarines.
The harvest is evoked through the variations of «Moisson Ensoleillée», «Bouquet de Moisson» and «Moisson de Perles” where diamonds, yellow sapphires and pearls relax in the golden warmth of a Summer’s sun.
«Moisson d’Or» offers a sheath of wheat tied by a yellow sapphire of 16.8 carats. This spray of diamonds and sapphires is the central motif of a long necklace made of 977 yellow sapphires for a total weight of 477.5 carats.
The same inspiration can be found on a brooch, earrings and a ring whose centre stone is a yellow cushion sapphire of 17.1 carats.
«Fête des Moissons» celebrates crowns of braided wheat. At the middle of a necklace, a yellow rectangular diamond of 25 carats with cut corners illuminates a bunch of wheat set with 121 multi-coloured diamonds with a total weight of 46.7 carats, 932 yellow diamonds weighing 40.4 carats and 165 white diamonds. A ring, a bracelet and a pair of earrings complete this set.
«Champ de Blé», «Impression de Blé» and «Blé Infini» offer many variations on the theme of wheat and reinvent the motif as a precious and sparkling pattern design.
Finally, the «Légende de Blé» necklace displays a majestic ear-of-wheat in white gold and diamonds that seems to wrap around the neck, leaving there summer’s most precious offerings.
With this collection, wheat opens the doors and lead us into CHANEL High Jewellery, paying tribute to one of Gabrielle Chanel’s most private and meaningful symbols. CC
By Claudia Carletti. Material courtesy of Chanel.