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The last chapter in the Dior à Versailles high jewellery collection, Pièces Secrètes

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Text: Milena Lazazzera

Secrets you can’t want to keep for yourself

After having guided us through the opulent interiors of Versailles and a stroll in its richly colourful gardens, creative director Victoire de Castellane is trusting us to discover the secret passages and rooms of the palace for the third and final chapter of the Dior High Jewellery Collection, Versailles Pièces Secrètes, otherwise known as 'Versailles secret pieces'.

Each of the 36 pieces exudes an air of antiquity and mystery as if emerging from a treasure hidden at the infamous palace. The Baroque period inspires the keyholes and decorative motifs featuring skulls — which represents the ghosts of Versailles — while the colour palette revolves around the faded pastel light colours of moonstones, opals, and also pale spinels and emeralds with intriguing 'jardins'. "I wanted chiaroscuro stones, faded pinks, more purple reds, iridescent moonstones, deeper sky blues," explains de Castellane. "The colours themselves seem a little mysterious, like silks."

'Pièce' in French means both 'room' and 'item', hence the creations are all about revealing precious stones or patterns through pivoting mechanisms, exactly like concealed doors would lead guests to other spaces of secret intrigue or passions.

A long white gold and diamond necklace features a pear-shaped diamond bordered with Baroque embellishments, that can slide to one side to unveil a skull sculpted in white gold. Similarly, a richly decorated rectangular cocktail ring in yellow gold with a pear-shaped opal on the top conceals a little drawer that can be pulled to the side for precious keepsake. And an oval-shaped ring decorated with an opal can also be slid aside, opening up on a crown drawn in relief, while another featuring a yellow diamond reveals a ruby underneath.

Beside the concealing efforts, the 'pieces secretes' imagined by Victoire de Castellane — which reflect the hidden passages and mysteries of Versailles — are secrets meant to be known and shown.

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