See the savoir-faire behind the Dior à Versailles, côté Jardins collection


Text: Angelyn Kwek

The Dior à Versailles, côté Jardins is a 66-piece haute joaillerie collection that is lush extravagance personified

With a name that literally translates to 'Dior at Versailles gardens', it's no stretch to see this is one high jewellery assemblage expressing that French art de vivre, inspired by the royal gardens of the Roi Soleil. Lovingly dubbed as Versailles, act II, the creative impetus behind Victoire de Castellane's new collection pursues the architectural beauty of France's famed imperial garden, where the organic lushness of hedges, flowerbeds, groves and thickets contrast with the geometry of its layout.

An exploration of the maison's cultural heritage, Dior à Versailles, côté Jardins revisits the rich, ornamental aesthetic of the Royal Chateau, exhibiting the botanical equivalent of the sumptuous detailing that inspired the previous Versailles collection. As haute joaillerie artistic director, Castellane's vision was to narrate the sculpted gardens into a glittering parure: "I wanted that, in each jewel, we rediscover the paradoxical combining of nature and culture, so characteristic of Le Nôtre's work and of the park at Versailles."

From multi-coloured sapphire flowers to royal plumes of cut rock crystal, the collection comprises of rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, brooches and high jewellery timepieces — a veritable treasure trove crafted by the finest Parisian jewellers with exceptional, cutting-edge know-how combined with traditional techniques. This is the living design that immortalises an idealised Versailles.

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