“My good wheat” was what Gabrielle Chanel’s father used to call whatever that was good and wholesome. This expression and her superstitious nature led wheat to eventually became one of her lucky charms. To her, they symbolised regeneration, abundance, luck, and prosperity.
The mademoiselle’s birthday coincidentally falls on August – also the wheat harvest festival. The months following up to the joyous month see the seedlings sprout from the ground, take form, and their fragrance finally fill the countryside air on summer evenings in August.
In tribute to one of Chanel’s most fundamental symbols, the house has designed a 62-piece high jewellery collection aptly called Les Blés de CHANEL. All of which are crafted of white and yellow gold, diamonds, precious stones, and pearls.
The collection follows the growth of the humble grain: Premiers Brins, Brins de Printemps, and Brins de Diamants represents the young shoots of early spring. While Moisson Ensoleille, Bouquet de Moisson, and Moisson de Perles evoke the feels of harvest in summer.
Fete des Moissons embraces the delicate motif of wheat – here, in a crown-like statement necklace. Crafted of 932 yellow diamonds, and 165 white diamonds, a yellow rectangular 25K diamond sits in the midst of the braided wheat necklace.
An enchanting piece worth the highlight is the Legende de Ble necklace where diamonds are mounted upon yellow or white gold. The necklace is designed in a way that it is softly wrapped around the neck, and motifs of wheat hang off delicately in the middle.
Whether bought as heirlooms, lucky charms, or simply as art pieces to admire, Chanel’s Les Blés de CHANEL high jewellery collection is worth the wait. These precious trinkets will arrive in Singapore come January 2017 – not too long now.