#FirstClassFriday: The Les Blés de Chanel fine jewellery collection
An exquisite harvest
Like an enchanting series of fables, Chanel has always been inspired by aspects of Mademoiselle Coco's dynamic life from which to create their haute joaillerie. Indeed, every collection reads like a memoir — one that captivates with a physical beauty embellished with the intangible element that is Gabrielle Chanel's sway.
Unfolding a new volume in Chanel's storied annals, the maison crafts the Les Blés de Chanel, a collection that draws upon Coco Chanel's childhood memories and her great fondness for wheat. For the first time, her personal lucky charm — a symbol of renewal, abundance, luck, prosperity and endless creativity — is brought forth in an extensive 62-piece fine jewellery collection. With silhouettes and a colour palette that takes inspiration from various wheat motifs interspersed throughout her famous Rue Cambon apartment, her suite at the Ritz and her home in La Pausa, the Les Blés de Chanel paves the way to the very core of Gabrielle Chanel and her legacy.
Though a broad collection, the Les Blés de Chanel is partitioned into smaller series, each one representative of a stage in the harvest cycle. Incidentally, Coco Chanel was born on the day of the harvest festival on 19th August, making the occasion, as well as the collection, exponentially more meaningful.
Evoking the golden fields warmed by the summer sun, variations of yellow sapphires and pearls are finely crafted into 'Moisson Ensoleillée, 'Bouquet de Moisson' and 'Moisson de Perles'.
And similar to a reaped harvest, 'Moisson d'Or' offers a sheath of wheat twined with a ribbon of 16.8K diamonds and yellow sapphires. This central motif runs across its sister haute joaillerie pieces that include a centrepiece draped necklace, a brooch, earrings, ring and a watch.
The 'Fête des Moisson' celebrates braided wheat, with a cherished necklace adorned with corner-cut yellow rectangular diamonds set with 121 other multi-coloured gems to illuminate and immortalise the lavish golden abundance of wheat. A coordinating ring, bracelet and earrings will easily transform one into a goddess of the harvest.
Much like its representation of everlasting rejuvenation, the 'Champ de Blé earrings and bracelet signify the young shoots that begin the cycle anew as ear-of-wheat blooms, softly curling around the ears and wrist in elegant weaves of foliage.
Lushly rich, this beautiful saga of wheat is the maison's most intimate tribute to Mademoiselle Chanel, reinventing her beloved lucky charm into the finest jewelled magnificence. And in deference to nature's precious offering, a majestic ensemble of splendour, the 'Légende de Blé', personifies the joy and beauty to be found in the summer harvest.
The Les Blés de Chanel collection is available at the Chanel Fine Jewellery boutique.