Now that the stacking trend has surpassed insouciant rockstar status and into the mainstream, Dior’s Rose des Vents line of fine jewellery has never been more relevant. Especially not when they’re designed to be precious talismans and faithful daily companions throughout your life’s adventures — just like their symbols were for the great Monsieur Christian Dior.
More than just jewellery, the Rose des Vents collection is actually an intimate glimpse into his life — albeit quite a superstitious one. His childhood villa in Granville, Normandy was christened Les Rhumbs — after the old maritime word for the 32 points of a compass rose — and hence the name “rose des vents”.
It was, however, popular belief that the collection was named for his unabashed love for roses — a passion sparked by the massive garden in above mentioned villa. The easter eggs continue with the eight-pronged star that define the medallions (inspired by his lucky number eight), and the fact that it was a lucky star on the ground that pushed him to finally open his couture house.
This year, the Joaillerie collection sees the same cherished symbols attached to necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. The bold mish-mash of textures and colours via the use of an assortment of precious materials add whimsy while embodying the carefree spirit of the ocean.
Mother-of-pearl, lapis lazuli, turquoise, malachite, and pink onyx — amongst few others — make their way onto the whisper-thin pieces, each versatile enough to look at home at brunch or at sea. In a further nod to rigging, the nautical influences continue with gold rice grains that encircle the medallions, showing either its rose wind or hardstone face with movement.
Following two pop-ups in Hong Kong this year, the Dior Rose des Vents collection will showcase at a pop-up here at Takashimaya Shopping Centre from now till 1 September 2018.
(All images: Dior)