Here’s a look at the making of Chopard’s 2018 Red Carpet Collection


Pre-empt the Cannes Film Festival by ogling the pretty shiny jewellery from the Chopard Red Carpet Collection, and take a gander at how it’s made while you’re at it

Before Cannes, there is Chopard. As the longtime high jewellery partner of the film industry's most prestigious international festival, the launch of the Red Carpet Collection is the build-up to the glitzy affair those with the magpie eye look forward to annually. It's almost like Haute Joaillerie Week, except modelled by A-list actresses with quadruple the amount of flashing cameras. The 20-year-long relationship between the maison and Cannes has also produced the legendary Palme d'or award year after year, traditionally presented at the festival's closing ceremonies.

And with that said, the Red Carpet Collection similarly honours the passing years of the Cannes Film Festival, with 2018's edition coming at a whopping 71 pieces in total to reflect the edition number. Envisioned by the maison's co-president and artistic director Caroline Scheufele as an anthem to femininity and beauty, the collection is a dreamy expression of her travels through the Orient, with colours and shapes influenced by China and Russia. Rare gems such as 'no oil' emeralds, tanzanite and chalcedony feature prominently in the creations, of which one is a Great Gatsby-esque choker necklace with a cascade of brown and cognac-coloured diamonds. No less than 268 hours of craftsmanship when into the making; the proof being another stunner in the form of an imposing bracelet with a colour-shifting opal centre stone which slides to reveal a secret watch with an ornate dial. Click through the gallery above and below to get your first look at some of these fantastical jewellery pieces ahead of the Cannes Film Festival.

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