THE LION OF VENICE

Born un­der the as­tro­log­i­cal star sign Leo, Made­moi­selle Chanel al­ways felt a strong con­nec­tion to the lion. Like many other el­e­ments that de­fined her, this ma­jes­tic icon of­ten ap­peared in her work

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Made­moi­selle Chanel’s as­tro­log­i­cal con­nec­tion shines through fine jew­elry

AS ONE OF HER IDIOSYNCRATIC sources of in­spi­ra­tion and be­ing the em­blem of her fa­vorite city, Venice, Gabrielle Chanel would vis­ually rep­re­sent the lion in many of her cre­ations, whether it was on the clasps of her hand­bags or to em­bel­lish the but­tons of her suits. Thus, the lion be­came part of the Mai­son’s sym­bolic lan­guage.

In 2013, the Jew­elry Stu­dio of Cre­ation com­mis­sioned the lion and be­gan rein­ter­pret­ing it into evoca­tive pre­cious de­signs, ul­ti­mately giv­ing rise to three ma­jes­tic high jew­elry col­lec­tions.

The Mai­son’s lat­est chap­ter delves deeper into the in­spi­ra­tion of the lion as part of Venice’s sym­bol­ogy. The 2018 Sous Le Signe Du Lion Jew­elry col­lec­tion fea­tures eight pieces in­spired by the lion of Venice.

The lapis blue and as­tral white medal­lions ref­er­ence the lion in St Mark’s Square, while the sculp­tural lion, in yel­low gold and rock crys­tal, evokes a Vene­tian baroque style. Dainty pieces that meld smoky quartz and di­a­monds in white gold are other high­lights.

The col­lec­tion made its UAE de­but at the re­open­ing of Chanel’s re­fur­bished Watches and Fine Jew­elry bou­tique at The Dubai Mall’s Fash­ion Av­enue, a 173-square-me­ter bou­tique de­signed to high­light the cre­ativ­ity and ar­ti­sanal know-how cen­tral to the Mai­son’s values.

1 Lion Sculp­tural open bracelet in yel­low gold, quartz and di­a­monds. 2 Lion Medaille sautoir in yel­low gold, lapis lazuli and di­a­monds. 3 Lion Sculp­tural ring in yel­low gold, quartz and di­a­monds.

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Made­moi­selle Chanel in Venice (1936)

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