Diamonds (and Chanel No. 5) Are a Girl’s Best Friend

A ‘high jewellery’ collection will be launched in July to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Marilyn’s favourite perfume, Chanel No. 5, as Artnet reports.

“The collection comprises 123 pieces and was designed by Chanel’s fine jewelry director, Patrice Leguéreau, who took inspiration from the boldness of Gabrielle Chanel’s 1932 Bijoux de Diamants collection (her first and only jewellery collection), which was crafted exclusively in platinum and diamonds that together broke the codes of French high jewelry at the time.

But the most striking piece is no doubt its 55.55 white-gold and diamond necklace, which simulates the curves of the No. 5 bottle in a series of dazzling, custom-cut diamonds and platinum. At its center is a show-stopping emerald-cut diamond, crafted to weigh exactly 55.55 karats in homage to Gabrielle Chanel’s favorite number.

The stone is set in an 18-karat white gold bezel and is framed by 104 round and 42 baguette diamonds, which together form the No. 5 bottle shape and its prismic stopper. From there, a cascade of round and pear-shaped diamonds fall down around the bottom of the enormous center diamond, calling attention to the décolleté of the wearer.

Unfortunately for those dying to try it on, Chanel has chosen to keep the work in its archive so it can remain safely part of the house’s legacy for years to come. Still, there are plenty of other pieces to ponder, and interested readers can find out more about the collection, which officially debuts next month, here.”