Chopard’s New High Jewellery Collection Is A Love Letter To Cinema

Unveiled at Cannes, the new jewellery designs are inspired by ‘Titanic’, ‘Hair’ and other iconic films.

By Laurie Brookins 02/06/2022

Caroline Scheufele’s film fandom is much on display in her latest Red Carpet Haute Joaillerie collection for Chopard, with good reason: The iconic jewellery house is celebrating its 25th anniversary of sponsoring the Cannes Film Festival, which is commemorating its 75th year of premiering high-wattage cinema amid the spectacular vistas and luxe hotels that line the Boulevard de la Croisette.

 

 

Chopard Red Carpet Collection Emerald and Diamond Watch

Chopard Red Carpet Collection Emerald and Diamond Watch Chopard

And so atop the Hotel Martinez, amid a floral-bedecked rooftop terrace and penthouse suite that Chopard routinely overtakes for the entirety of the 12-day event, the jeweller presented its newest one-of-a-kind pieces, 75 in total to honour the festival’s anniversary, in a collection dubbed “Chopard Loves Cinema.” Scheufele says she starts working on the next high-jewellery collection the moment the previous year’s festival ends, and for such a momentous occasion, the idea of honoring cinema via spectacular jewels felt wholly natural to the Chopard co-president and artistic director.

Julia Roberts in Chopard's Red Carpet Collection Sapphire and Diamond "Titanic" Necklace with Caroline Scheufele

Julia Roberts with Caroline Scheufele in Chopard Gisela Schober; Courtesy of Chopard

A few interpretations of wildly popular films may strike some as a tad on the nose, such as a diamond necklace framing a heart-shaped sapphire that takes its cue from Titanic (and indeed resembles the look of that film’s memorable piece), or the necklace featuring more than 550 carats of gemstones and highlighting a colourful pendant fashioned to resemble a peace sign, a nod to 1979’s Hair.

Chopard "Out of Africa" Red Carpet Collection Necklace

Chopard “Out of Africa” Red Carpet Collection Necklace Chopard

The true stunners of the collection were less literal, such as the necklace crafted of yellow and white diamonds embellishing an oversized medallion, which also detaches to wear as a brooch; as Scheufele’s artful tribute to Out of Africa, the medallion looks as though it could be equal parts sunburst and lion’s mane. A ring crafted of pink sapphires set in 18-carat gold to resemble rose petals, with a two-carat white diamond nestled inside, was part of a lush floral grouping designed to pay tribute to My Fair Lady. Scheufele’s love of Alfred Hitchcock and 1955’s To Catch a Thief, meanwhile, is seen in a diamond necklace that showcases a 13.69-carat internally flawless D-grade diamond, created to honor the unforgettable scene between Grace Kelly and Cary Grant in her character’s suite at the Hotel Carlton, located just steps away from the Hotel Martinez.

Chopard "To Catch a Thief" Diamond Necklace

Chopard “To Catch a Thief” Diamond Necklace Chopard

Spectacular stones are indeed the hallmark of a high-jewellery collection, and Scheufele showcased this idea via the sizeable pink and blue diamonds that top a pair of sapphire and white diamond earrings, a 20.40-carat Ceylon sapphire set in 18-carat white Fairmined gold on a ring, or the emeralds mixed with white diamonds on a floral-inspired bracelet watch. Chopard also demonstrated its acute agility with titanium in high jewellery, especially in the rose brooch Scheufele designed to honour Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights and the flower his famed “Little Tramp” clutches at the film’s end. Crafted of black and white diamonds set in Fairmined white gold and black titanium, the brooch not only honours Chaplin’s seminal 1931 black-and-white film, but also the beauty of cinema overall. Julia Roberts, the jeweller’s latest ambassador, evidently agrees: She wore the brooch at the May 19 Trophée Chopard dinner.

 

 

Chopard "City Lights" Red Carpet Collection Brooch

Chopard “City Lights” Red Carpet Collection Brooch Chopard

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