We can all agree that we need a lot of colour and brightness and positivity in our lives. Enter Dior’s new jewellery collection – a range of bright colours and endless sparkle guaranteed to bring a smile to the hardest face.
Victoire de Castellane, artistic director of Dior jewellery, is the brain behind Tie & Dior, the luxury brand’s latest jewellery collection. It is her take on the vibrant tye-dye craft, one that fashion brands, as though in a collective rebellion against global happenings, are featuring more and more in their collections.
The Tie & DIOR collection is an exciting blend of coloured stones that create an impact with contrast. This exhibits itself clearly as in the delectable emerald ring surrounded by a burst of pink sapphires, tsavorite garnets, paraiba-type tourmaline, rubies and a pistachio cultured pearl. Or the pair of mismatched earrings – a de Castellane signature – where colour blocks of pink and blue sapphires, tsavorite garnets, paraiba-type tourmaline plus two gobstopper-size emeralds ooze from two pistachio coloured pearls.
The potpourri of colours pops further thanks to subtle white diamonds that edge each shade – a defining, sparkling outline but also a nod to white cloth or paper peeking out from below tie-dye.
This is the first time that de Castellane has significantly used pearls in her 20 years at Dior. She has been a long-time fan of the ultra-classic stone, but Tie & Dior finally released her to use pearls in a more original way. Rakishly set off-centre, de Castellane’s pearls – in candy pinks, golden yellows, sherbet greens – seem almost haphazardly thrown onto her voluminous creations, clinging to the base of a necklace or jauntily resting on a ring. The stone – in essence, the tie-dye ink – offers an eye-catching contrast, its velvety finish colliding with the angular stones.
While peppy, kaleidoscopic colours dominate, some pieces are more classical in style, such as a golden cultured pearl that sits among a fan of white diamonds cut in all manner of shapes and sizes, showcasing de Castellane’s knack for texture and volume. Or a ruby and diamond suite where white diamonds spread out from a central ruby stone, any hint of classicism disrupted by an oversized white pearl that feels almost randomly chucked on. It’s refreshing and ironic.
The Tie & DIOR collection launched in July at a private client event in Shanghai, at the Amanyangyun resort some 50 miles outside the city.