The 71st edition of the glamorous Cannes International Film Festival is scheduled to be held from 08 May to 19 May 2018. And when comes to fashion and lifestyle, no film show is complete without the Red Carpet event, which is the best opportunity to discover haute-couture dresses, jewellery and watches worn and by film stars and celebrities.
As a major sponsor of the film festival for the last 20 years, Chopard annually crafts the legendary Palme d’or, made from Fairmined-certified ethical gold. In addition, every year Chopard makes unique and glamorous jewellery creations from their Red Carpet Collection as a tribute to the Cannes Film festival.
Every year since 2007, Chopard Co-President and Creative Director Caroline Scheufele has been imagining a High Jewellery collection taking up the extraordinary challenge of releasing a number of jewellery models equivalent to the edition number of the Festival. Stemming from her boundless imagination and from the peerless mastery of diverse skills within the Chopard workshops, a complete collection of 71 creations will be rolled out this year, dedicated to the world’s greatest actresses for their red carpet appearances.
This year, the Red Carpet Collection is inspired by the many travels and dreams of its creator. With the Red Carpet Collection, Caroline Scheufele invites us into the secret world of her reveries and personal intuitions, offering a delightful, generous and mysterious revelation. She is inspired by anything and everything: architecture, art, literature and cinema. A tiny detail is enough for this fervent gem lover to dream up the most splendid – and above all most ingenious – adornments. Nature also remains a powerful source of fascination for her creative mind.
In an intriguing sneak peek, Caroline Scheufele agrees to remove three creations from this original collection from their precious jewel boxes. The first source of wonderment is an imposing bracelet composed of several rows of facetted tanzanite balls and a central motif dominated by a majestic, iridescent and mysterious black opal. A subtle touch slides the opal to reveal its secret: a finely wrought watch dial opening a window onto an oriental sky worthy of the finest Chinese lacquers, crafted from pink mother-of-pearl and chalcedony.
Pursuing the oriental dreams of Chopard’s Creative Director, a choker provides another vivid foretaste of this richly creative collection. Gently held by rows of facetted tanzanite balls, a central red-tinted titanium motif plays with a fascinating aquamarine, inviting observers to immerse themselves in its blue-tinged shimmer.
Further, there is a choker necklace for which Caroline Scheufele drew inspiration from the Francis Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, and the amazing clothes worn by 1920s women. This gorgeous white diamond lacework necklace features tumbling cascades of brown and cognac-coloured diamonds.
Secret watch in 18ct white gold and titanium featuring a black opal of 72cts and set with carved jadeite, turquoises, onyx, pear-shaped and brilliant-cut diamonds, brilliant-cut emeralds and brilliant-cut tanzanites. Dial set with pink mother-of-pearl and chalcedony. Bracelet composed of tanzanite beads for a total of 235cts. Ref. 104422-9001
Necklace in 18ct white gold and titanium, composed of tanzanite beads for a total of 459cts, and set with a pear-shaped aquamarine of 12.4cts, one golden pearl of 12.7cts, pear-shaped aquamarines, pear-shaped tanzanites, pear-shaped tsavorites, brilliant-cut and marquise-cut pink sapphires, brilliant-cut spessartine garnets, brilliant-cut and marquise-cut diamonds and brilliant-cut yellow sapphires. Ref. 818009-9001
Necklace in 18ct white gold set pear-shaped diamonds (38cts) and briolette- cut and brilliant-cut colored diamonds. Ref. 818044-1001