Gabrielle Chanel (or Coco, as the world knows her) had a fondness for jewellery that has been well documented in her memoirs. But beyond her famous pearls, a fascination with the purity and brilliance of diamonds also captured her imagination. "My reason for choosing diamonds is that, dense as they are, they represent the greatest worth in the smallest volume," Chanel once declared. This enduring adoration of the precious gemstone led to her legendary 1932 jewellery collection inspired by astronomy, featuring stars, the moon and blazing comets with their trailing tails.
Fast forward to the present, and the house has rediscovered the allure of Gabrielle Chanel's seminal 1932 collection. In conjunction with Couture Fashion Week, where the maison hosted its collection in a custom-built Chanel casino, rare pieces from that jewellery collection were re-issued in all their unapologetic dazzle on a selection of Karl Lagerfeld's favourite celebrities.
Julianne Moore wore one of Chanel's most iconic pieces — a diamond comet necklace — while Stella Tennant was a tableau of picture-perfect elegance with her matching star-spangled earrings and necklace. Other celebrities that wore the covetable pieces included Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi, pop music star Rita Ora and next generation It-girls such as Lily Collins and Lily-Rose Depp. Here, we bring you an exclusive behind the scenes look at some of the most stunning pieces at the haute joaillerie presentation.