The 2018 Cannes Film Festival is behind us but ahead, we’re looking at the shiny highlight of it all. No, we’re not talking about Todos lo saben (Everybody Knows) with Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, but rather the red carpet jewels that stole the show.
The red carpet saw stars like Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett, and Georgia May Jagger — to namedrop a few — decked in Chopard’s dazzling new collection of jewellery, titled the ‘Red Carpet Collection’. Coincidence? Hardly.
Ahead, a look at Chopard’s relationship with the Cannes Festival, and how this year’s collection was brought to life.
First, a history lesson
The partnership is one that’s lasted 20 years to date, sparked by artistic director and co-president, Caroline Scheufele’s love for cinema. Chopard annually crafts the Palme d’or; the trophy that honors the best film of the festival, along with the other awards presented at the festival’s closing ceremonies — all made from Fairmined-certified ethical gold.
And then there’s also the collection to watch: the Red Carpet collection, which sees stars debut it on of course, the Cannes red carpet.
Of travels and beyond
The year’s collection is a commentary of Scheufele’s travels inspired by the notes and sketches in her travel diaries. Year in and year out – the members of Caroline’s family who used to travel the globe with trunks filled with precious merchandise, voyaging as far as the court of the Tsar of Russia. With this collection, she invites us to see the world through her eyes, with a look at everything from architecture to art, even to literature and cinema around the world.
And as this year marks the 71st year of the Cannes Film Festival, the Maison calls on 71 creations dedicated to the world’s greatest actresses for their red carpet appearances.
Gems are a celebrities best friend
Caroline Scheufelew was enthralled with a set of 17 ‘no oil emeralds’, gems that are extremely rare because of their closely matching colours. To enhance their exceptional beauty, she opted for a classic and timeless necklace characterised by elegant simplicity, featuring a precious circle of alternating emeralds and diamonds tapering into two gracefully attached magnificent D-flawless diamonds – of which the largest pear-shaped one weighs over 20 carats. This collector’s piece took no less than 268 hours of craftmanship.
The collection is filled with statement pieces, including a choker assembled like a lacework of white diamonds, and was inspired by Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’. Other standouts include a pair of 18-carat white gold and blue-tinged titanium, and an imposing bracelet comprising several rows of facetted tanzanites with a central motif dominated by a black opal.
The Red Carpet collection isn’t just for Cannes (or a red carpet). See for yourself and shop your favs on Chopard’s website.