“Jewelry by Chanel“, published by Thames and Hudson, presents Gabrielle Chanel’s ‘Bijoux de Diamants’ jewelry creations and sheds light on one of the designer’s lesser known pursuits. The thome, wich includes numerous photographs and historical documents, encompasses the story of the jewels beginning with 1932, the year of the first design.
Author, publisher and literary critic Patrick Mauriès reveales some facts some of them presented for the first time to the general public.
Chanel was a creature of contrasts: there was the Chanel of sumptuous baroque, of rococo mirrors and dazzling, playful, unrestrained jewelry; and there was the Chanel of the utmost restraint, of classicism à la française. Out of this dialogue between ostentation and austerity, the jewelry that Chanel created throughout her long career has been celebrated in many revivals of her exceptional taste. From the direct re-creations of the 1932 Collection to the newest interpretations of comets and stars, plumes and feathers, and Chanel’s signature flower, the camellia, this book is true to the spirit of her enterprise.