Fleurs d’opales - New Creations Bloom in Chopard’s Mys­te­ri­ous Gar­dens

New creations bloom in Chopard’s mys­te­ri­ous gar­dens

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In­spired by en­chant­ment and ex­alted by the artis­tic crafts cul­ti­vated by Chopard in Geneva, six ex­cep­tional floral rings fea­ture the leg­endary opal. The first three pieces of this cap­sule col­lec­tion were un­veiled in July 2015 in Paris and Chopard pre­sented three new creations dur­ing the Paris Haute Cou­ture Week last year. Be­cause a magic spell wouldn’t be one with­out a de­gree of mys­tery, the opal has jour­neyed through his­tory while los­ing none of its power to fas­ci­nate. Op­u­lent, smoul­der­ing and flam­boy­ant, it con­sis­tently fu­els fan­tasies and the collective imag­i­na­tion. To­day, it shines in a col­lec­tion that is en­tirely in har­mony with its aura. In Chopard’s ex­tra­or­di­nary gar­den, won­der­ful opal flow­ers have blos­somed, com­bin­ing ti­ta­nium or zir­co­nium with sap­phires, amethysts, tsa­vorites, ru­bies, spinels and black di­a­monds. Af­ter An­i­mal World, Chopard is ex­plor­ing the plant world and its many won­ders. The re­sult is unique pieces with a de­sign which is tes­ti­mony to the ge­nius of gold­smithing ex­er­cised at its high­est level, mir­ror­ing the artis­tic crafts in Haute Cou­ture. The opals used for this ex­cep­tional cap­sule col­lec­tion are trace­able and come from a sus­tain­able sup­ply that com­plies with eth­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tal cri­te­ria. Chopard is proud to work with the Aurora Gems opal mine, a fam­i­ly­owned busi­ness founded in 1962 at the out­back of Aus­tralia. The Hatcher fam­ily at the helm of Aurora man­ages the min­ing, pol­ish­ing and sale of their opals, with­out any out­sourc­ing what­so­ever, thereby guar­an­tee­ing to­tal trace­abil­ity.

The opal, from stone to ex­cep­tional jewel

By turn­ing his opal ring, Gyges be­came in­vis­i­ble. From the dawn of time, Greek and Ro­man mythol­ogy has rep­re­sented the opal as a stone con­sid­ered to have magic pow­ers. From the Mid­dle Ages to the Sec­ond Empire, the opal has suf­fused his­tory with its fiery ra­di­ance and has never ceased to nur­ture its own myths. Pow­er­ful and sub­tle, re­splen­dent and iri­des­cent, the opal fas­ci­nates with its own spe­cial light that seems to im­bue the stone with a life of its own. Its mo­bile na­ture, chang­ing colours and elu­sive re­flec­tions have led the opal to be con­sid­ered a sym­bol of whole­ness, a sa­cred man­i­fes­ta­tion.

Chopard has mas­ter­fully cap­tured the com­plex­ity and power of the opal. The Geneva Man­u­fac­ture has or­ches­trated an en­counter be­tween this stone with its thou­sand se­crets and con­tem­po­rary cre­ation. A col­lec­tion of six rings, re­sem­bling vi­brant tal­is­mans, demon­strate all the dreamy ro­mance that jew­ellery can con­vey when shape and ma­te­rial cre­ate a per­fect al­chemist’s blend. Dur­ing the Paris Haute Cou­ture Week, Chopard raised the cur­tain for the sec­ond act of this col­lec­tion by re­veal­ing the last three creations.

The creations

Mys­te­ri­ous. Pre­cious. Danger­ously cap­ti­vat­ing… Chopard’s opal flow­ers whis­per se­crets from the depths of time and bear the stamp of an age-old beauty. All three set the scene for the pre­cious black opal as­so­ci­ated for ex­am­ple with ti­ta­nium. The lat­ter is an ex­tremely light metal that may be coloured with a wide range of hues, pro­vid­ing scope for all man­ner of fan­ci­ful in­ter­pre­ta­tions. It takes on its full di­men­sion when ap­pear­ing alone, or else may be ren­dered in­vis­i­ble be­neath a sub­tle gem­set­ting. Mean­while, zir­co­nium is mak­ing its first ap­pear­ance in Chopard Haute Joail­lerie creations: its hard­ness en­ables ex­tremely high-pre­ci­sion work­man­ship.

Chopard presents new rings with a spring over­tone. The ring fea­tures a 9-carat black opal sur­rounded by pis­tils in en­graved and brushed blue ti­ta­nium. The large petals set with di­a­monds, pink sap­phires and spinels, mounted on a ring set with de­man­toid gar­nets, in­stil this op­u­lent flower with a fore­taste of Spring.

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