Cham­ber of Se­crets

STYLE Ven­ture into the se­cret world of Ver­sailles, an en­tic­ing maze formed from hid­den pas­sages and pri­vate boudoirs, through the new Dior Haute Joail­lerie col­lec­tion.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Con­tents - By RENYI LIM

Dior’s new haute joail­lerie col­lec­tion of­fers an ex­quis­ite labyrinth of scin­til­lat­ing facets mod­elled af­ter the Ver­sailles.

Ato­tal of 36 Dior Haute Joail­lerie pieces - 22 rings, four ear­rings, nine neck­laces and one bracelet - com­prise the Dior a Ver­sailles, Pieces Se­cretes col­lec­tion. As the third and fi­nal chap­ter of the Dior a Ver­sailles High Jew­ellery col­lec­tion, this in­ti­mate, ro­man­tic and sym­bolic col­lec­tion pro­vides an in­sight into the less well-known side of the Chateau of Ver­sailles, hid­den away from pry­ing eyes.

“Af­ter two col­lec­tions about Ver­sailles, evok­ing all the splen­dour of the sa­lons and the gar­dens, we en­ter into the hid­den rooms where we dis­cover their trea­sures,” ex­plains Vic­toire de Castel­lane, the cre­ative di­rec­tor of Dior Joail­lerie.

Just as the palace houses con­cealed doors, se­cret pas­sages, stud­ies, li­braries and pri­vate apart­ments, the Pieces Se­cretes col­lec­tion takes on the role of a se­cret-keeper and the bearer of coded mes­sages.

Within the col­lec­tion lies a mul­ti­tude of sym­bols - a heart, a crown, a star, a sun, a bow, a feather, a dove, a four-leaf clover, the num­ber eight, and a skull and cross­bones. Not only are th­ese mys­te­ri­ous, al­most spec­tral, mo­tifs sig­nif­i­cant to de Castel­lane and the House of Chris­tian Dior, but they echo hid­den mes­sages for their wearer to keep or to share with a loved one. “The skulls ap­pear in the bot­tom of the boxes as they open,” de Castel­lane re­marks. “They can barely be made out through a di­a­mond or in the sculp­ture of a moon­stone.”

From clas­sic stones such as di­a­monds, ru­bies, emer­alds and sap­phires to the more un­usual spinels, tan­zan­ites and opals, the Pieces Se­cretes jew­els come im­bued with a strong emo­tional charge - the pas­sion of a li­ai­son or the flame of an eter­nal union.

There are ad­di­tional sur­prises to be found in play­ful and var­ied open­ing sys­tems, such as swiv­el­ling caps, slid­ing draw­ers, and stones that can be lifted up - all spe­cially de­vel­oped, of course, to create as­ton­ish and de­light.

Even more in­ge­niously, the mech­a­nisms never open com­pletely, en­sur­ing the mys­tery of ev­ery piece stays in place and is never com­pletely re­vealed, re­main­ing a lucky charm ex­clu­sively for its wearer’s plea­sure. ≠

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