T H E N E W C R OW N JEWELS Swiss jeweller Chopard unveils a new five-piece collection at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, inspired by the Byzantine court and timeless Hollywood glamour. By Brent Taalur Ramsey.
Mysterious emeralds adorn precious Chopard earrings
The worlds of film and haute joaillerie converged at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival in September, where a star-studded list of leading ladies from around the world gathered with the Swiss-based jewellery house Chopard, all to celebrate of the life of Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman with a screening of the upcoming film, Viva Ingrid!, directed by Alessandro Rossellini. An empress of style and screen, the late Bergman has been ranked one of the greatest female stars of all time in American cinema by the American Film Institute. due to her impressive 50-year career filled with award-winning performances and renowned roles in films such as Casablanca, Notorious, and For Whom the Bell Tolls.
It seems appropriate that this celebration of Bergman’s timeless grace and talent would p parallel the announcement of Chopard’s latest endeavour: a five-piece capsule collectioncollecti entitled Empress Jewellery Box, aimed at dressing today’s modern empresses of style with a staple of jewels that are, appropriately enough, fit for a queen; and a series of campaigncam images starring American model Hilary Rhoda.
Delicately feminine, rich in detail, and undeniably chic, the Empress Jewellery Box showcases Chopard’s signature craftsmanship and reverence for the past. It also acts as an expansion to the jeweller’s Roman Empire-inspired Imperiale collection.
Building on references to the Byzantine court, the lustrous capsule collection boasts an interwoven lacework of rose or white gold, set with an exquisite array of expertly cut diamonds and amethysts. One can almost imagine the scrawling insignia of emperors long ago with the iconic Imperiale motif and deep lustre of the purple stones.
Consisting of a watch, ring, earrings, pendant necklace, and headband, the Empress JewelleryJe Box lays out a covetable range of contemporary looks for statement accessorising. WhetherW worn independently or as a complete ensemble, each piece individually draws attentionat to the sophisticated sparkle of Chopard’s precious gems and inspired settings.
Bejewelled with the sparkling gems, Rhoda was imbued with a sensual mystery only the majestic deep purple of amethyst can bestow, mirroring what would additionally be revealed later at the evening’s event: the collection’s Autumn 20155 campaign, shotsho by famous photography duo Luigi & Iango. Throughout the campaign, paign, RhodaRh donned various pieces from the collection with boundless ease e anda charisma.
In the end, this year’s Venice International Film Festival marked a am monumental time for the jewellery house. With the screening of Rossellini’sRo upcoming film Viva Ingrid!, Chopard dazzled the night withwi unmistakable Hollywood glamour – old andan new. Chopard and the Empress Jewellery Box managed to blend the emerging amethyst trendtren for the modern, elegant empress of style – on andan off the red carpet.
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A majestic necklace fit for an empress, from Chopard’s latest Red Carpet collection
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