Chanel takes inspiration from the feather for its new fine jewellery collection

The new 'Plume de Chanel' collection of softly organic designs is a tribute to both Mademoiselle Chanel and the feather motif of which she was most fond.

A pretty head jewel in white gold set with 832 brilliant-cut diamonds with a total weight of 14.5ct, part of the 'Plume de Chanel' collection

Chanel is revisiting its past with the new 'Plume de Chanel' collection of jewels. Taking inspiration from Gabrielle Chanel's 1932 'Bijoux de Diamants' fine jewellery collection, the feather motif has been worked into 30 softly organic designs that are incredibly pretty and feminine.

In 1932, Mademoiselle Chanel designed a renowned collection of jewellery featuring stars, comets, suns, bows and, of course, the classic Chanel feather. A favourite of the designer, the feather motif reappeared throughout her designs. Most recently it was brought to life last year in Chanel's '1932' collection, which celebrated the 80th anniversary of the original pieces ( read more about the original collection here).

Once again, the delicate feather is the star of the show in the new 'Plume de Chanel' collection. Reworking these beautiful jewels, Chanel has brought them up-to-date whilst keeping their delicate simplicity in tact. The original designs have been transformed into brooches, necklaces, rings and - more unusually - pieces for the hair. Each strand is adorned with an array of diamonds, set in either white or yellow gold, showing exquisite detail and craftsmanship. With no bulky clasps on show, each item looks as though it might blow away with the slightest breeze, the pieces formed to casually curl around a neck, wrist of finger.

The centrepiece of the collection is a fully formed feather brooch, designed to adorn a lapel, hip or hat. Known for her love of jewels, it's a piece Gabrielle Chanel would surely have approved of.



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