Preview the Chopard red carpet collection set to launch at the 72nd Cannes International Film Festival
Inspired By Love
Whether you're looking for celebrity beauty inspo or to ogle at the latest and greatest red carpet fashion, the Cannes International Film Festival never fails to hit the spot. Chopard knows that only too well, having been the festival's official partner since 1998.
Each year, co-president and artistic director Caroline Scheufele designs an entire high jewellery collection for Cannes comprising two key lines: Red Carpet and Green Carpet. And each year, Scheufele grows the collection by one more jewellery piece.
For 2019, a grand total of 72 stunning creations will be presented to the world at Cannes in May. This time, Scheufele's designs drew from the theme of Love as an unconditional value. Love in its most diverse manifestations: Love for the people around her, love for the animal and plant world, love of art history, love of research and innovation.
The result is a glamorous and joyful collection, brimming with references and profoundly innovative.
Have A Heart
When it's a jewellery collection inspired by love, you can't expect to not see hearts everywhere, especially when the jeweller in question is Chopard whose iconic Happy Hearts collection is a wardrobe staple.
And the maison delivers the goods, kicking things off with a high jewellery suite that literally explores the many facets of love. Composed of a necklace, a ring and a pair of earrings, it features splendid heart-cut tanzanites, Paraiba tourmalines, amethysts and diamonds studded on white gold and titanium.
Scheufele also worked with a white and pink colour palette, combining the purity of diamonds with the vivacity of pink sapphires in a necklace and earring set. Marquise, pear and brilliant cut stones enliven the designs while keeping the tone harmonious and timeless.
Titanium isn't commonly seen used in high jewellery crafting but it makes complete sense as its inherent lightness will mean that the pieces will be more comfortable to wear. More stones and less metal? What's there not to like?
Nothing says love more gloriously than flowers and so Chopard has crafted this ring and earring set shaped astonishingly like real orchids. Its gold stem and buds are paved with tsavorites and the labellum made of white opals.
A Moment In Time
Timepieces are seldom considered for the red carpet but Chopard is one of the few manufactures with a unique twin expertise in watchmaking and jewellery crafting. Also, these watches are so exquisite they may as well be jewellery in their own right.
The manchette style bracelet is formed in a sculptural lacework pattern highlighted by precious coloured stones. Two 3-carat Mozambique rubies or two 4.2-carat fancy light yellow diamonds – the choice is yours.
Chopard is a huge advocate of ethical jewellery, even ethical high jewellery. Its much-vaunted Green Carpet collection keeps growing year after year. The pieces are crafted using Fairmined gold and diamonds certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council.
This sneak peek into the 2019 collection reveals a stunning cuff bracelet featuring volutes composed of more than 25 carats of diamonds. Further, a necklace and a pair of matching earrings complete the suite.
Commensurate with the ethical criteria of the Green Carpet Collection, these three jewellery creations are crafted in ethical 'Fairmined' certified gold and sparkle with diamonds sourced exclusively from RJC approved suppliers.