In 1920, Coco Chanel journeyed to Venice, Italy, where the Oriental design elements in the Doge’s Palace inspired a new Byzantine direction in her own creations, with ornate, colorful pieces that echoed exotic Asian cultures. This year, Chanel Fine Jewelry made a return trip with its latest high jewelry collection, Secrets D’Orient, unveiled in Paris in January. These artful pieces update the Chanel legacy with an array of exceptional gemstones crafted into 28 one-of-a-kind designs. The elaborate Camélia Dentelle brooch is an example of the house’s commitment to establishing itself as a serious jeweler: It took more than 30 hours to laser-cut the lacelike platinum brooch, which is set with tiny diamonds surrounding an enormous pearl. The arty Mosaic pieces are nods to colorful Venetian stained glass, presented in varying cuts of emeralds, rubies, and pink sapphires, and pearls and red enamel. Another group of jewels, Soleil Pastel, features a palette of sun-kissed pastel stones in airy, light designs. Crafted by master jewelers at the company’s workshop in Paris, Chanel’s latest collection demonstrates how gracefully this house can combine fashion, heritage, and fine jewelry to create lasting designs.
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