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Signature Chanel

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The "Signature de Saphir" necklace is crafted from 18 carat white gold and diamonds. It features a cushion cut sapphire.

By Jessica Michault

There are a few unmistakable emblems of the Chanel brand. The double C logo, the camellia flower and tweed fabrics all have come to represent the house. But arguably it is the quilted pattern used on many of its accessories and looks that best defines the label.

This iconic motif first came to Gabrielle Chanel’s attention when she attended horse races and spotted the pattern on the jackets worn by many of the stable boys at the racetracks. It has come a long way since then, becoming the foundation of Chanel’s famous 2.55 bag, and now the pattern is at the heart of Chanel’s new Signature high jewelry line.

The graphic look of the quilting pattern has been transformed by the artisans at Chanel’s fine jewelry studio into a collection of 48  new high jewelry pieces. Each bijoux is a unique look at the power of the line and its geometric dynamism. Volume, space and light are three key factors in all of the designs created for this brand new collection. Together they give each piece both a sense of movement and dimension.

One of the most impressive pieces in the collection is the free flowing five-strand diamond “Signature de Saphir” necklace that was designed to cascade down the back. The white gold necklace is finished off with a statement making cushion-cut sapphire that sits on the necklace just below the left shoulder and it comes with a matching pair of earrings.

Other winning pieces include those designed to wrap around the body like the Signature Duo bracelet that loops twice around the wrist and is left open at the ends and the diamond and mother of pearl cuff and matching ring crafted to look like they were braided into being.

This collection is a fine new addition to Chanel’s high jewelry world. Its spirit is very modern and the quilting pattern has a timeless quality about it that is sure to be comforting to collectors.


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