Dior’s lat­est high jew­ellery col­lec­tion ex­plodes with botan­i­cal en­ergy.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Style - By SAM YEN

Ver­sailles – Louis XIV’S lav­ish chateau – re­mains to this day an end­less foun­tain of in­spi­ra­tion. Draw­ing from the in­tri­cate, man­i­cured flo­ral de­tails of Jardin du Roi Soleil is Dior’s lat­est haute joail­lerie col­lec­tion – Dior a Ver­sailles, Cote Jardins.

Dior Joail­lerie creative direc­tor Vic­toire de Castel­lane is known for her flam­boy­ant and kalei­do­scopic ap­proach to jew­ellery cre­ation.

This sea­son, she has in­dulged in even more ex­cess. The copse of Ver­sailles’ ver­dant en­ergy an­chors a col­lec­tion that ex­plodes with exuberance and abun­dance. Each piece – there are 66 in all, 29 be­ing unique – is a minia­ture en­cy­clopae­dia of botanic ref­er­ences. The Dior Bos­quet de la Salle de Bal bracelet is fo­cused on a carved rock crys­tal shell, a di­rect ref­er­ence to Jardin’s Ball­room Grove. Flow­ers of di­a­mond, emer­ald, sap­phire, tsa­vorite, gar­net, tour­ma­line, spinel and peri­dot twine around the Dior Tri­anon neck­lace like ivy.

The ruby at the cen­tre of the Dior Orangerie Rubel­lite ring at­tracts a but­ter­fly and bee, each com­posed of di­a­monds.

But all is not left to grow wild and un­tamed.

The pre­cise ge­om­e­try and met­al­work of Ver­sailles gar­den de­signer An­dre Le Notre is ref­er­enced too – no­tably in the Dior Bos­quet de la Raine ear­rings, pay­ing homage to his com­plex box hedge and metal fil­i­gree pat­terns. Ro­man­tic and re­splen­dent, the col­lec­tion is a cor­nu­copia of colour and cut. The Em­press Josephine her­self would ap­prove. www.dior.com Δ

Each piece is a minia­ture en­cy­clopae­dia of botanic ref­er­ences.

Rubel­lite Orangery ring in white gold with stones that in­clude di­a­monds, emer­alds and rubel­lite.

From left: Light Opal Gi­ran­dole Grove ear­rings; Paraiba Tour­ma­line Queen’s Grove ear­rings.

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