Just as haute couture represents the epitome of fashion, haute joaillerie stands for the pinnacle in the art of jewellery making. Swiss jewellery house Chopard recently joined the ranks of the esteemed Fédération Française de la Couture as a jeweller member in January 2015, and it is proving to be deft at showcasing the incredible work of its artisans.
This past Paris Couture Week marks the brand's sophomore collection as a member of the Fédération, and it has lived up to its name by presenting two exceptional collections: the maison's mainstay Red Carpet collection and an haute collection inspired by an opulent garden — Fleurs d'Opales.
Taking pride of place at Chopard this year is a gemstone shrouded in mystery: the opal. Flashing fiery hues at times and milky mildness at others, the Fleurs d'Opales collection plucks the enchanting stone and fashions six fantastical blossoms around it, accompanied by a smattering of sapphires, amethysts, tsavorites, rubies, spinels and black diamonds. To say that Man has outdone Nature itself would be a compliment that is testimony to the prowess of Chopard's accomplished jewellery artisans.
Similarly, those same artisans have breathed glamour into the French jewellery house's signature Red Carpet collection, which accompanied the haute joaillerie presentation. Destined to be displayed on the crimson carpet, the Red Carpet collection is an exceptional line in itself. The latest edition features pieces such a pair of earrings set with extremely rare non-oiled, pear-cut Columbian emeralds weighing 33 and 35 carats respectively and a ring with a sumptuous 60-carat, unheated, cushion-cut sapphire, among others. Count us impressed.