Christian Dior was a huge believer in the power of symbols, and it was precisely this that drew Dior Joaillerie creative director Victoire de Castellane to delve into his formative years in Granville to uncover his early influences. Granville is a quaint seaside town overlooking the Channel Islands and is very much steeped in nautical lore — it was orginally built by a shipowner and is affectionately nicknamed Les Rhumbs after the seafarer's 32-point wind rose.
Seduced by the romanticism of the couturier's childhood home and the freedom of travel, de Castellane was inspired to come up with a line of modern medallion jewellery: One side features the smooth unblemished face of the gemstones, while an eight-point wind rose in gold frames the other. “Rose des vents is a metaphor for creation,” de Castellane explained in a statement. “Creating is about searching, turning things over, and then finding one's cardinal point and setting off on a journey. Creation is the product of a stationary voyage.” One thing is certain — with a compass this chic, you'll always be able to find your centre.