Behold the splendour of French architecture: Symbolic of rich details and sumptuous materials, the jewel of the country is its former seat of power, the Château de Versailles. A bastion of inspiration to many, Christian Dior too was an ardent admirer of its lavishly decorated spaces, so much that his first couture collection drew influence from the very interiors of the palace.
Today, fine jewellery artistic director Victoire de Castellane takes the magic of the Château and crafts its charms into the maison's latest haute joaillerie collection fittingly named Dior à Versailles. But here is where de Castellane gives things a twist and shifts her design focus from the palace's celebrated architectural lines to zoom in on the little details found within its hallowed decorative halls.
Almost like a treasure hunt, the pieces of the Dior à Versailles is finely wrought with attention to detail taken from elements of these royal apartments — such as crystal tassels from a hanging chandelier re-casted into the collection's signature diamond drop necklace, or a bracelet with a loosely draped gem-studded bow reminiscent of the iconic Rococo styled furnishings. Candelabras, mirror frames, vivid parquetry arrangements; these are but some of the other details that also evoke the opulence of Versailles, translated by de Castellane to be shining touches of luxury to be worn.
Lending a depth and antique mystery to the collection, the maison has also incorporated oxidised silver into certain setting bases to mimic fine jewellery circa 18th century. Pairing this feature with a mix of diamonds in modern baguette cuts with vintage rose-cut or briolette diamonds, the inimitable classicism of Versailles immediately takes on a contemporary dazzle that even Marie-Antoinette herself would want to hoard. The labour of several jewellery artisans synchronising their expertise, the Dior à Versailles is a striking ornate collection humming with an enchantment that is the Château de Versailles.
Discover the complete Dior à Versailles fine jewellery collection here.