BEAUTIFUL FANTASY OF DIOR ET MOI: EVERY (ST)ONE IS IMPORTANT

‘Dior et moi’: Me that is not the same anymore, Me that is free in spirit and decisions, Me that creates and sees the world differently.
For one gorgeous moment, imagine a world where every stone, given the right context and design, can shine like NO OTHER, where the hallmark is not price or prestige, but beauty combined in a perfect work of art.
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‘A combination of the incompatible’, a phrase overheard at the presentation of the new Dior et Moi high jewelry collection in Paris at the end of January.

Even if not the bullseye definition of this collection, it nonetheless lingered in the air, illuminated by soft magenta and hushed blue lights, for it cut to the core of the bold and glorious, exuberant and sublime style of Dior’s Creative Director of Fine Jewelry, Victoire de Castellane, looking into the heart of beauty without bias or prejudice.

A beauty that couldn’t care less: is this (st)one precious enough? Indeed, one of the most prominent pieces in the collection is an opal necklace in yellow and white gold, diamonds, pearls, garnets, sapphires, peridots, emeralds and lacquer: with a semiprecious, not precious, stone as a centerpiece.

Originally, the ‘Toi et Moi’ (‘You & Me’) jewelry format referred to rings with two gems sitting side by side, a romantic symbol of two hearts becoming one. Characteristic of the Belle Époque, this form was popularized through the engagement rings of Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine de Beauharnais, John F Kennedy and Jacqueline Onassis. Yet today, in a world where all borders are shifting—in the royal realms and in the mainstream, at the social level and in art—this juxtaposition is no longer relevant.

‘Dior et moi’: Me that is not the same anymore, Me that is free in spirit and decisions, Me that creates and sees the world differently.
Diamonds, emeralds and sapphires are set in perfect balance with tourmalines, rubellites, opals, garnets and peridots, previously considered less precious or important. The new generation has a different vision, and a new era in jewelry is following their path and experiences.

Playful and colorful jewels, full of asymmetrical details, a mix of stones of different caliber. “It’s an homage to Art Deco, but in 2020. Like little pieces of sci-fi architecture,” says Victoire de Castellane in an interview for Vogue.

Between-finger rings, asymmetric earrings, bangles and necklaces, lacquer—pioneered and exalted in the 2006 Diorette collection, which is still Victoire’s signature,—in fifteen bright hues inspired by Marie Antoinette, subtle geometric shapes, a creative genius of design and virtuosity of implementation: the thirty-nine pieces of the Dior et Moi collection are all about the joyful polyphony of these fresh outlooks and interpretations in jewelry.

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WHEN BEAUTY IS THE QUESTION, BOUCHERON IS THE ANSWER

BOUCHERON’S QUESTION MARK NECKLACES: TIMELESS CLASSICS OF THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE.
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In January 2020, at the biannual Paris haute couture jewelry show, Boucheron presented its new high jewelry collection: iconic claspless ‘Point d’Interrogation’ (‘question mark’) necklaces—signature pieces of the jewelry house, an everlasting tribute to beauty and science, emotion and innovation going hand in hand.
The genius and exquisite invention of the Maison makes it possible to put the necklace on with one smooth move, without assistance and without fear of breaking this extremely complex, yet pliable masterpiece.
So what’s the big deal, you will ask.
Actually, the deal was really big back in 1879, when Boucheron designed the first Question Mark necklace. At a time when Western women’s fashion was still fundamentally reigned by corsets, rigidly structured bustles, ultra-restrictive, heavy, long skirts, profuse decoration, extremely tight sleeves, and tall, fitted, boned collars—all ingredients for zero convenience—this innovative mechanism was revolutionary, giving women, apart from the obvious beauty of the necklace, a long-sought feeling of independence, freedom and power.
Today, the creative director of Boucheron, Claire Choisne, along with her ingenious team, reminded the world of this creation with the presentation of eight new Question Mark necklaces: pieces so uniquely engineered that the golden leaves of the Lierre de Paris necklace, each set with dozens of emeralds, move and ripple in the unperceivable wind, activated by a secret switch. Or look at the Nuage de Fleurs necklace: before crafting the pure, delicate mother-of-pearl and diamond flowers, each petal of hydrangea was 3D-scanned to achieve the maximum level of detail. The astounding and uncanny level of realism that leaves you wondering how is it even possible?!
The patterns borrowed from nature, leaves, flowers, petals, Art deco-style natural pearls, a peacock’s feather have been carefully studied and reproduced in precious metals and stones. The idea, the design, the implementation, the history behind the piece, even the way it laconically captures the natural body shapes and gives a subtle yet sublime focus to the chest. In modern times, when women are free to dress however they like, this asymmetrical, light, graceful Question Mark necklace remains Boucheron’s answer to the timeless question of beauty, femininity and freedom of self-expression.

WHERE DO RAINBOWS COME FROM

FROM THE JOLLY JEWELRY BY LUISA ALEXANDER AND FUN PAINTINGS BY JULIE COCKBURN
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Monochromatic looks are forever elegant and safe. But there is always space and reason for color, which can be integrated onto any image or design. Like the vibrant palimpsests by Julie Cockburn, where she layers and adds new colors and angles to portraits, proving that a photograph can be something else—and something more—than just an authentic reflection.
Eye-catching rainbow jewelry by Luisa Alexander also has something refreshing to say. And this word is: happy. Besides being very practical, fitting every style and clothing palette, rainbow jewelry is the ultimate mood maker, keeping your spirits up and brightening your day.
Do not miss your rainbow catch at the Moda Operandi trunk show!

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