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
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.
Mademoiselle Chanel in Venice (1936)