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Chanel Camélia Brodé Collection

Chanel bring together in new jewellery collection two motifs dear to Gabrielle Chanel, the camelia and the bow. White and black set the tone as pearls and diamonds sparkle in feminine forms.

16 December 2011

Chanel's jewellery draws on the style of Gabrielle Chanel herself who was very fond of camelias and bows. Seen in her couture designs as well as the clothes she wore, these two motifs are a corner stone of the Chanel lore. Perhaps it was the minimalist beauty of the monochromatic camelia that attracted Gabrielle who shunned the gaudy and frills and flounces in favour of the restrained and understated.

The bow almost certainly harks back to her childhood days in an orphanage brought up by nuns. A sober bow was the only decoration permitted to the young Gabrielle and it is seen throughout her collections and a staple of her wardrobe.

Chanel has taken these motifs and brought them together in a collection of jewels in white gold that combines diamonds with the rich lustre of white pearls. The gold forms sit as lightly on the skin as embroidery and the diamonds sparkle like freshly fallen snow against the pristine white of the pearls. This extremely feminine collection is a very sophisticated way to wear Coco's favourites: the camelia, the bow, diamonds and pearls.

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