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The Palme d'Or.

The Cannes International Film Festival begins next week in the stories seaside town in the South of France. This year is a milestone not just for the festival—which is celebrating its 65th anniversary—but for one of its greatest partners, Chopard, as this year marks the 15th year it has been a part of Cannes.

Each year Chopard’s relationship becomes more entwined with the identity of the film festival. It began in 1997 when Chopard’s co-president and artistic director Caroline Scheufele was asked to redesign the Palme d’Or award. The following year the new award was unveiled: a delicately curved 18ct gold stem adorned with leaves with a small heart at its base. The stem rests on a crystal cushion shaped like an emerald-cut diamond. And because every diamond is unique, each Palme d’Or created since then has been a unique creation as well.

While we’re all anxious to see who will take home the coveted Palme d’Or for best film, we’ll also be honing in on the starlets in attendance—many of whom Chopard drape in its elegant jewels.

Each year since 2007, Scheufele has created a new Haute Joaillerie collection, the Red Carpet Collection, composed of exceptional and unique models created especially for Cannes. Because this is the 65th anniversary of the festival, 65 models will be included in this year’s collection.

“I’ve been to the Cannes Festival over 15 times, and throughout these years I’ve had the opportunity to meet many actresses and often establish strong friendships with them,” says Scheufele. “It is these privileged relations with outstanding personalities that have made me wish to create original and unique models that are very different from each other, in order to ensure that each and every woman will find the adornment that will suit her to perfection for an exceptional moment."

The theme of this year’s Red Carpet Collection is color, and to that end, you can expect to see stones such as rubies, emeralds, padparadscha sapphires, amethysts and tourmalines. The full collection will be unveiled at the Festival opening night on May 16th, but in the meantime, we have a sneak preview of a handful of pieces to whet your appetite.

Even though these are serious jewels, Chopard knows a little levity is always in demand. The apple-shaped ring is comprised of about 800 tsavorites and more than 200 brown diamonds totalling 57.2 carats. A white gold sautoir necklace is dotted with tiny bells and set with pear-cut sapphires (133.2 cts), oval amethysts (86.1 cts), tourmalines and diamonds. And finally, a white-gold-and-diamond necklace features stones in graded shades of colour and various cuts, composed of amethysts, kunzites, rubellites, spinels, pink sapphires, diamonds and a 69.7-carat pear-cut tanzanite.

Striking a more romantic note, a floral-inspired necklace set with over 1,100 diamonds, pink sapphires and rubies totalling 38.8 carats, is bound to draw attention. Continuing the floral theme, is a delicate springtime necklace adorned with tourmaline beads, a bed of white of white gold flowers, highlighted by an 18-carat pear-cut green tourmaline.

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