We Reveal the Unique Inspiration Behind Chanel’s New Jewelry Collection

Chanel Coromandel Fine Jewelry Collection
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At 31 Rue Cambon, the clock on Mademoiselle Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel’s desk is frozen in time, but her presence can still be felt in the heavy ambience of the elegantly appointed room. The floor is a paled marble, the furniture ivory, and the walls are laden with handsome Chinese screens covered in opalescent Cormorodanel lacquer. “I’ve loved Chinese screens since I was 18 years old… I nearly fainted with joy when, entering a Chinese shop, I saw a Coromandel for the first time,” she mused to author Claude Delay in historical drama film Chanel Solitaire (1983).

Chanel Coromandel Fine Jewelry Collection
Coromandel screens in Mademoiselle Chanel's apartment on 31 Rue Cambon, Paris | Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

It is a testament to Mademoiselle Chanel that her legacy has been so enduring that her influence can be strongly transmitted even today, when everything from manners and standards to dress codes have changed. It is to Chanel’s credit that it has kept her singular spirit alive, faithfully hewing to her pioneering vision with each collection, fragrance release, and jewelry design. The designer’s personality, style of dress, manner of being, and even her apartment have come to inform the brand’s present-day works.

Chanel’s astonishing new high-jewelry collection taps the vein once more, producing its most extraordinary pieces to date. Styled after the beauty of the Coromandel screens, the jewelry takes on a persona unlike any other. There are cut-out depictions bearing the same scenery as the screens, shapes bearing the classic Camellia blossom, and lavish diamond-encrusted timepieces that reflect the Coromandel screen’s delicate etchings. For a look at Chanel’s new ‘Coromandel’ high-jewelry collection, browse the gallery below.

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