Chopard Debuts Sparkling Lace Jewels Using Ethical Diamonds And Gold
Chopard’s latest collection of high jewels uses ethically sourced diamonds and gold to create contemporary interpretations of traditional lace fabric. Named the Precious Lace Collection, the designs echo the airiness of traditional floral patterns, scrolls, swirls and scalloped edges of fine antique lace.
The central feature of the collection is a rhythmic, undulating gold and diamond-set curl enclosing an unfurling line of pear-shaped diamonds. Four patterns make up the collection. The first is a Vague, in which a pair of earrings, pendant and ring evoke foaming waves.
Next is “Mini-Froufrou,” which is designed as a stylized flower pattern with scalloped borders and pear-shaped diamond petals on an airy openwork background. It consists of a ring, earrings, pendant and bangle.
The themes continues with the Nuage design, which replicates clouds with a pendant, neckchain, earrings and ring. The fourth design is Chopard’s Cœur which is available in two sizes.
The collection was designed by Caroline Scheufele, Chopard’s co-president and artistic director, to be light, lyrical and feminine. While delicate in appearance, the collection was constructed with strength. Scheufele says it is high jewelry that can be worn daily, which meets the demands of consumers today. It was a difficult task to make these delicate designs durable using precious materials. The job was made easier by having the jewels handcrafted at the luxury brand’s high jewelry ateliers.
The effect of hand-made lace is re-created through the interplay of pear-shaped and round brilliant-cut diamonds, using their shapes and silhouettes within the openworked space in each design. The precision of the lacelike goldwork and the slender mounts produces an airy appearance that highlight the radiance of the diamonds. Scheufele says the skills and expertise employed by the craftsmen to create these openworked designs is similar to that of nimble-fingered seamstresses who produce Haute Couture garments.
Scheufele adds that this ability to recreate the work of Haute Couture with noble materials while making it contemporary and wearable is a signature of Chopard jewels. These values are reflectied in the Swiss luxury brand’s membership in the Fédération de la Haute Couture.
All of the gold and diamonds used for the collection was ethically sourced through companies certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council.