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Chanel Introduces “Sous le Signe du Lion” High Jewelry Collection

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Last week, in conjunction with its Paris Haute Couture show, Chanel unveiled its newest high jewelry collection, ‘Sous le Signe du Lion’.  Paying homage to one of Gabrielle Chanel’s beloved motifs, the lion, this 58-piece collection captures this king of cats in spectacular jewels.

Gabrielle Chanel in Venice, 1936

Gabrielle Chanel in Venice, 1936
Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

Chanel’s admiration for the lion originates from her birth under the star sign of Leo, but her true adoration of the majestic feline transpired at an incredibly difficult time for the talented designer.  After the unexpected, tragic death of Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel, the absolute love of her life, left her heart-broken, her close friends José-Maria and Misia Sert advised her to flee Paris for the City of Doges, Venice.  Arriving by train in August 1920, Venice and its winged lions, which can be seen throughout the city, reinvigorated her sullen spirit with endless sources of inspiration.

The Lion of Saint Mark's

The Lion of Saint Mark’s
Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

Throughout her life, Chanel would return to La Serenissima many times, finding strength and comfort in the gilded lions that protect the city.  Back at her rue Cambon apartment in Paris, statues of the powerful predator that adorn her apartment acted as pillars of perseverance, an enduring reminder of her own power and independence.

Lion in Gabrielle Chanel's appartment, 31 rue Cambon in Paris © CHANEL Fine Jewelry

Lion in Gabrielle Chanel’s appartment, 31 rue Cambon in Paris © CHANEL Fine Jewelry

Reflecting her fondness for Venice, the new collection re-imagines its roaring mascot and Byzantine mosaics in dazzling diamonds and precious gemstones in splendid detail.  From literal to figurative, the jeweled lions of the ‘Sous le Signe du Lion’ collection are an impressive ode to Chanel’s favorite feline and a testament to Chanel’s prowess in high jewelry design and craftsmanship.

Lion Solaire » brooch in 18-karat white gold set with a 24.7-carat carved citrine, a 7.8- carat cushion-cut topaz, 278 fancy-cut diamonds for a total weight of 4 carats and 8 calibré-cut sapphires for a total weight of 4.3 carats © CHANEL Fine Jewellery

Lion Solaire » brooch in 18-karat white gold set with a 24.7-carat carved citrine, a 7.8- carat cushion-cut topaz, 278 fancy-cut diamonds for a total weight of 4 carats and 8 calibré-cut sapphires for a total weight of 4.3 carats © CHANEL Fine Jewellery

White gold and diamond collar from "Sous le signe du Lion" by Chanel.  Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

White gold and diamond collar from “Sous le signe du Lion” by Chanel.
Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

"Sous le signe du Lion" by Chanel. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

“Sous le signe du Lion” by Chanel.
Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

"Sous le signe du Lion" by Chanel. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

“Sous le signe du Lion” by Chanel.
Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

Constellation du Lion earrings in 18 carat white gold, set with two cushion-cut yellow diamonds of three carats each, 128 brilliant-cut diamonds with a total weight of 2.3 carats and two sculpted rutile quartz stones with a total weight of 25 carats. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

Constellation du Lion earrings in 18 carat white gold, set with two cushion-cut yellow diamonds of three carats each, 128 brilliant-cut diamonds with a total weight of 2.3 carats and two sculpted rutile quartz stones with a total weight of 25 carats. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

"Sous le signe du Lion" by Chanel. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

“Sous le signe du Lion” by Chanel.
Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

"Sous le signe du Lion" by Chanel. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

“Sous le signe du Lion” by Chanel.
Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

Lion Céleste brooch in 18 carat white gold set with one 1 carat round diamond and 1593 brilliant-cut diamonds with a total weigh of 11.7 carats.  Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

Lion Céleste brooch in 18 carat white gold set with one 1 carat round diamond and 1593 brilliant-cut diamonds with a total weigh of 11.7 carats.
Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

Lion Talisman » earrings in 18-karat yellow gold set with 214 brillant-cut diamonds for a total weight of 3.4 carats, 2 Indonesian cultured pearls and 10 Japanese and Tahitian cultured pearls © CHANEL Fine Jewellery

Lion Talisman » earrings in 18-karat yellow gold set with 214 brillant-cut diamonds for a total weight of 3.4 carats, 2 Indonesian cultured pearls and 10 Japanese and Tahitian cultured pearls © CHANEL Fine Jewellery

"Sous le signe du Lion" by Chanel. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

“Sous le signe du Lion” by Chanel.
Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

"Sous le signe du Lion" by Chanel. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

“Sous le signe du Lion” by Chanel.
Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

Chanel's 'Lion Rugissant' ring in white gold, onyx and diamonds. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

Chanel’s ‘Lion Rugissant’ ring in white gold, onyx and diamonds.
Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

"Sous le signe du Lion" by Chanel. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

“Sous le signe du Lion” by Chanel.
Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

"Sous le signe du Lion" by Chanel. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

“Sous le signe du Lion” by Chanel.
Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

"Sous le signe du Lion" by Chanel. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

“Sous le signe du Lion” by Chanel.
Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

"Sous le signe du Lion" by Chanel. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

“Sous le signe du Lion” by Chanel.
Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

Necklace from the Sous le signe du Lion fine jewelry collection. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

Necklace from the Sous le signe du Lion fine jewelry collection. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

Lion Astral watch in 18 carat white gold set with 585 brilliant-cut diamonds with a total weight of 16.1 carats, plus 6 marquise-cut diamonds with a total weight of 3.8 carats. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

Lion Astral watch in 18 carat white gold set with 585 brilliant-cut diamonds with a total weight of 16.1 carats, plus 6 marquise-cut diamonds with a total weight of 3.8 carats. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

"Sous le signe du Lion" by Chanel. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

“Sous le signe du Lion” by Chanel.
Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

"Sous le signe du Lion" by Chanel. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

“Sous le signe du Lion” by Chanel.
Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

Lion Talisman bracelet © CHANEL Fine Jewellery

Lion Talisman bracelet © CHANEL Fine Jewellery

"Sous le signe du Lion" by Chanel. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

“Sous le signe du Lion” by Chanel.
Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

"Sous le signe du Lion" by Chanel. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

“Sous le signe du Lion” by Chanel.
Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

"Sous le signe du Lion" by Chanel. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

“Sous le signe du Lion” by Chanel.
Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

"Sous le signe du Lion" by Chanel. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

“Sous le signe du Lion” by Chanel.
Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

"Sous le signe du Lion" by Chanel. Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

“Sous le signe du Lion” by Chanel.
Photo © Chanel Joaillerie

 

 

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