The royal chateau has long been a source of inspiration for the Maison with Christian Dior’s own haute couture creations. Whilst the ornamental trappings of the palace’s interior inspired last year’s Dior à Versailles high jewels, 2017’s Côté Jardin collection is filled with motifs from its botanical wonderland.
Dior "Bosquet de la Girandole Opal Noire" double ring
De Castellane has imbibed the designs of André Le Nôtre in the jewellery, the French landscape architect and principal gardener of King Louise XIV of France. As the Creative Director of Dior Joaillerie explains, “I wanted that, in each jewel, we rediscover the paradoxical combining of nature and culture, so characteristic of Le Nôtre’s work and of the park at Versailles.”
Dior "Clairiere Emeraude" High Jewellery gemset and diamond timepiece
With that, the 66 jewels of the collection feature an elegant display of the chateau’s emblematic garden designs, combining its orderly layout with overflowing trails of coloured blooms.
Dior "Bosquet de la Reine" earrings
The Bosquet de la Reine earrings are a classic example of this juxtaposition, which – like all of the collection’s earrings – are not matched but instead come as a “couple” that continue the other’s design with lacquered wrought iron detail covered by trailing garlands of flowering buds.
Dior "Hameau de la Reine" paraiba tourmaline ring
As one might expect from a palatial garden-inspired collection, a key component is its host of coloured gems. These include shimmering black opal and icy Paraiba tourmaline water surfaces, calibré-cut emeralds as the garden’s ordered box hedges, and flowers composed of vari-coloured sapphires, garnets, tourmalines, turquoise and diamonds.
Dior "Bosquet de L'Encelade" bodice jewel
The theme of discovery also runs throughout the Côté Jardin jewels, similar to the Versailles estate’s own intimate enclaves favoured by Queen Marie Antoinette. Initially hidden details continually reveal themselves, such as the underside of the rings in sculpted amazonite or agate, reflective of the depths of the ornamental lakes.
The Côté Jardin collection is the latest example of Victoire de Castellane’s distinctive stamp on the timeless inspirations behind Dior’s jewellery and timepiece creations.