Dior dances into the gardens of Versailles for act II of Victoire de Castellane's high jewellery creations for the Maison. Set in a royal domain, the spirit of French art de vivre gives life to haute couture ornamentation inspired by the architectural magnificence of the Chateau in harmony with the luxury of botany.

"I wanted that, in each jewel, we rediscover the paradoxical combining of nature and culture so characteristic of Le Nôtre's work and of the park at Versailles," explained the Artistic Director.  

And born from that thought are paths paved with emeralds, sparkling diamonds that nestle amid blooms of sapphire, and multicoloured jewels romantically assembled like panes of stained glass. Sculpted ammonite and agate adorn rings to imbue them with the depths of ornamental lakes while tourmalines reflect the sun to recall the ebb and flow of living water. 

 

Transcribing the wonders of nature and culture into precious stones and metal can only be achieved by the finest Parisian high jewellery ateliers. Below, we give you a glimpse into four sessions behind the jeweller's bench of how the idealised Garden of Versailles became a dream come true.

SESSION 1: STUDIO AND MODELLING

SESSION 2: VOLUME DESIGN

SESSION 3: SETTING

SESSION 4: MOUNTING

A few of the finished pieces from the atelier:

 

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