A garden of roses sprinkled with diamonds or jewellery sculpted like blooming roses – you decide. Dior’s new haute joaillerie, in visuals and in concept, is a resplendent tribute to the evergreen beauty of roses. Titled RoseDior, every piece of jewellery makes a reference to the fashion house’s Founder Christian Dior’s first memories of his favourite flower, which he used to cultivate with his mother (Madeleine Dior) at his family home in Normandy.
In the past 75 years of the French luxury brand’s history, roses have certainly been a highly recurrent theme in its couture, fashion show set-ups, fragrances and jewellery. For 2021, Victoire de Castellane, Creative Director of Dior’s jewellery division since 1998, has taken this creative challenge a notch up and designed a whopping 116 pieces of rose-inspired jewellery – dubbed as Dior’s one of the biggest high joaillerie collections yet.
RoseDior features a glorious selection of watches, neckpieces, earrings, bracelets and rings, evoking the delicate yet timeless nature of roses.
Splashed with a rainbow of colours, the high jewellery pieces are encrusted with white gold, diamonds, garnets, pink sapphires and spinels, green emeralds and tsavorites and lagoon blue Paraïba tourmalines.
From a rosebud picked in the dewy morning to its petals in full blossom in the evening, the jewellery mimics the original, untouched form of the roses. Reimagining these prime elements of the flower, Castellane has meticulously moulded the necklaces and bracelets in form of curvy rose stems that elegantly wrap around the neck and wrist.
This collection also reveals an arresting rendition of roses in form of an ornate secret watch, glittering with gemstones all over. The top cover of the watch that hides the dial is studded with pink sapphire and emerald-cut diamonds, while the watch bracelet is covered in gold and adorned with bright green tsavorite leaf-like designs. Inside, the diamond-dotted bezel complements the pavé dial that displays the hour and minute markers.