CHOPARD ICE CUBE
More rock than romance, this new jewellery line is the epitome of modern glamour.
With a contemporary and polished design inspired by a cube, Chopard’s Ice Cube collection actually dates back to 1999. The 2017 version however is a little different, as it features a more everyday casual elegance encompassing smaller gold cubes (polished or diamond-set), which are lined up in tightly packed rows of geometric clarity.
This new collection of solid torque bracelets, and slender bar pendants suspended from chains, eternity rings of little cubes with diamond centres, and fine chain-anchored bars to wrap around wrists – or ankles – can be worn solo or stacked up with others in a glamorous combination of white, rose and yellow gold.
Chopard’s choice of only ethical ‘Fairmined’ gold (a certification that guarantees the metal was mined in a responsible manner and that its miners received fair payment) for this collection is not just commendable, it shows they’re attempting to make a real impact on the supply chain.
It’s surprisingly affordable. For example, our favourite piece, the necklace, has a starting price of 1,680 USD without diamonds, and reaches 2,380 USD for the 18-karat white or yellow gold versions with diamonds.
The minimalism of Ice Cube’s design means it works as well at night as it does in the day. Either keep the same jewellery on throughout – or simply adjust it by adding a piece or two for the evening.
The nature of the collection is perfectly captured by Chopard’s choice of campaign model – French actress Aymeline Valade (who you’ll see starring in Luc Besson’s hugely anticipated summer blockbuster, Valerian). She’s a veritable style chameleon and what she loves most is the collection’s simplicity. “It goes with any look, while being cool and chic at the same time.”
Rather like Cartier’s Love bracelet and Bulgari’s B.zero1 ring, we see Chopard’s Ice Cube accessories becoming a global must-have jewellery line. Crucially however, and like those examples, it has the appeal to outlive any short-lived trend. Reason enough then to splurge a little on your loved one.