Granville, a picturesque villa where Christian Dior was raised, has long been fodder for the brand’s creative output. His childhood home, Les Rhumbs, is a soft shade of dusky pink, not unlike the roses and flowers that crowded the garden pathway outside. A rose by another name also informs the decorative elements of the villa: the compass rose, or ‘Rose des Vents’, is imprinted at the bottom of the Les Rhumbs’ pool and the house takes its name from the 32 divisions found within the wind rose. Reading import and meaning into the symbology of the wind rose became Dior’s first step into turning the image into an icon of House. It signifies travel and good luck and, in pendant form, is intended to be a metaphor for creation.
It is this poetic heritage that the luxury brand’s Creative Director of Fine Jewelry, Victoire de Castellane, turned to when creating the latest collection. “I wanted to start from the idea of a little motif pendant,” de Castellane said. “And what is more metaphorical than a medallion?” Consisting of four bracelets and five necklaces, the pieces use yellow gold paired with mother-of-pearl, lapis lazuli, or turquoise, as well as rose gold paired with pink opal.
In the video below, whimsical artworks of Christian Dior and de Castellane illustrate the story of the Eastern medallion coming to life. The full ‘Rose des Vents’ collection will be available in the Middle East as of June 2015.
Watch the video exclusively on Savoir Flair and click through the gallery above to discover the new fine jewelry collection from Dior.
Photos and video: Courtesy of Dior