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Dior Pièces Secrètes High Jewellery collection
By: Diamond World News Service
Apr 12 2018 12:02PM
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Victoire de Castellane, Creative Director of Dior Joaillerie continues to linger in Monsieur Dior’s obsession with Palace of Versailles. Her recent addition to the ‘Versailles’ collection that brings to light the hidden secrets of the ostentatious palace is a fitting finale to the trilogy.

If the last two collections were evocative of the palace’s grand interiors and verdure gardens, the third installment is an ode to the palace’s hidden secrets and the collection is full of surprises, literally. Monsieur Christian Dior drew abundant inspiration from the Palace of Versailles and its vivacious architecture. Building on Louis XVI, the French Monarch’s penchant for locks and keys, Castellane Hidden Gems has created a smorgasbord of intricate pieces, each of which holds a surprise. The third and the final chapter of this collection is perhaps the most mysterious, as it encapsulates the ghosts of a palace’s past, its surreptitious alleys, maybe even a clandestine affair.

The collection that made its first appearance at Paris Fashion Week in January entails of 22 rings, 4 pairs of earrings, 1 bracelet and 9 necklaces. Rings open only to reveal a small scull within, lockets flip open to expose secret engravings and a pendant of a necklace festooned with rose-cut diamonds after a scrutiny reveals a beaded oval lock and behind the centre stone sits a skull again.

You would think that capturing the Palace’s dark side would employ a rather morbid colour palate, but Castellane celebrates even morbidity with colours. A bright cabochon opal disguises a diamond-dusted face, pear-shaped radiant rubellite is used to create a necklace resembling a candelabra, although a closer look at the facets of the gemstone throws open the silhouette of a skull. A pair of green beryl earrings, which mimics the crowns of a King and a Queen bears acanthus leaves sculpted in gold. And somewhere, in a tiny nook of the earrings is an engraved secret lock.

Though Dior Joaillerie is known for its kaleidoscopic jewellery, the colours used in this collection are rather subtle – teal blue spinels, lavenderhued tanzanite, soft pink sapphires, pale yellow diamonds and bottle green emeralds decorate the jewellery.

If you don’t own a piece from this collection, you may never know what the hidden message ingrained in the piece is. The rectangular rings encrusted with opals and diamonds for example, has the tiniest of drawers, which when opened, reveals a burst of sun rays, a reference to King Louis XIV, the Sun King, perhaps. Like this, the collection is full of little hidden insinuations and whispers, which are privy only to the wearer.

The painstaking attention to detail, a thorough fascination for the French palace and its history and more importantly the love for design as an art form come through in each and every piece of this signature collection. Castellene creates a fitting finale to the Versailles trilogy with pieces that transport you back to a bygone era of sheer opulence, reminiscent of haunting fables that have had a hard-hitting effect on her wild imagination.

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