Versailles has served as ripe inspiration for the last two high jewellery collections from Dior, with 2016’s Dior à Versailles designs looking to its ornamental interior and last year’s Côté Jardin jewels drawing on its stunning architectural gardens.
Now Creative Director Victoire de Castellane has taken her signature use of coloured gems and historical fascination with the royal château to reimagine its clandestine boudoirs and secret passageways for 2018’s collection. The jewels tell these stories through designs with hidden features that are only revealed upon closer inspection.
Volupté Béryl Vert ring, Dior High Jewellery
The large central beryl of the Volupté Béryl Vert ring, for example, opens to unveil a secret container with delicate floral motifs, or the rose-cut diamond of the Volupté Diamant ring swings to one side and shows the delicate hidden ruby underneath.
Volupté Diamant ring, Dior High Jewellery
Colour abounds in the collection in a range of both faded and vibrant hues, with rose pink spinels and sunny yellow diamonds alongside bold tanzanites and slicks of green lacquer. Victoire de Castellane’s favourite opal is featured again in the Cachette Tiroir Opale Claire ring, which reveals a hidden compartment displaying an engraved yellow gold crown.
Vanité Rubellite necklace, Dior High Jewellery
The colour of these stones and antique themes were the inspirations behind the latest collection, with Victoire explaining, “I wanted to use chiaroscuro stones in shades of faded rose, reds verging on purple, iridescent moonstones and more intense sky blues. The colours themselves seem a little mysterious, like antique silks.”
Intimaté Tanzanite earrings, Dior High Jewellery
Brought to life in the Maison’s high jewellery workshops in Paris, the pièces secretes collection is Dior's latest tour of an unseen Versailles.