Christian Dior gets nautical with new jewelry line
The “Rose des Vents” collection is a nautical-themed bracelet and necklace range based on Dior’s childhood seaside villa at Granville.
Christian Dior has released a new jewelry line inspired by childhood memories of the house’s founder.
The “Rose des Vents” collection is a nautical-themed bracelet and necklace range based on Dior’s childhood seaside villa at Granville. The house was called Les Rhumbs, the name given to the 32 divisions of the wind rose.
Designed by Dior Joaillerie Creative Director Victoire de Castellane, the collection ties together Dior’s passion for roses, lucky pendants and travel.
It comprises a series of bracelets and necklaces of varying lengths with medallions crafted from yellow gold, mother-of-pearl, lapis lazuli and rose gold. Each pendant is double-sided and features a “hardstone” or “wind rose” face, according to the wearer’s movements. The medallions also include a twisted outline of gold rice grains in an ode to the ocean.
“I wanted to start from the idea of a little motif pendant. And what is more metaphorical than a medallion?” says de Castellane.
“A symbol of travel, in it you find echoes of Christian Dior’s star and the idea of the good-luck charm, but also the rose, his favorite flower. The whole history of the house is there, implicitly.”
“Rose des vents is also a metaphor for creation. Creating is about searching, turning things over, and then finding ones cardinal point and setting off on a journey. Creation is the product of a stationary voyage.”
It was in the gardens of the legendary villa that a young Christian Dior first discovered and cultivated his love of flowers.
Later, in Paris, it was as the result of finding a somewhat mysterious star sign on the ground that the highly superstitious designer decided to open his own couture house, interpreting this chance find as a portent of his destiny. The collection is therefore a tribute to his vision and beliefs.
The collection will launch in France on May 13, the rest of Europe on May 25 and worldwide from June 10. Prices range from €1,350 to €8,000.