The creation studio and the Chanel Joaillerie workshops have been based on the chromatic range of Coromandel lacquers (by refracting them in the green of tsavorite garnets, in the red of ruby beads , in velvety emeralds, in red spinel , onyx) to compose a collection which revolves around three themes: the floral, the bestiary and the mineral. The pieces of bravery follow one another: reversible cuff, yellow gold plastron punctuated with mother-of-pearl clouds and diamonds, and - our favorite - a wonderful score around the bird, a theme little exploited by the house: the birds seem to be about to take flight, especially on a ring adorned with a diamond dazzling more than ten carats. It is masterfully executed, graceful, hypnotic. But the main feat is not there.
Gabrielle Chanel discovered the Coromandel screens during the 1910s. A decade marked by an extraordinary atmosphere of creativity, intellectual excitement, freedom of spirit. A decade of friendship too. At least for young Coco, who established during these years the base of a dazzling cenacle at the heart of which evolved avant-garde artists and leading personalities. Decisive years, major, for the one who was not yet a sacred monster, but a modiste gifted, already appreciated for its ability to be against the current usages and banalities of his time. The most remarkable feat of the workshops and the studio Chanel Joaillerie, it is to have been able to make us touch the finger, by the vigor of their know-how and the extent of their stylistic register, the effervescence of a time and existence. For this, they have composed with the collection "Coromandel" a jeweler's marquetry of the different moments that have composed the inner panorama of the young Gabrielle Chanel. Each jewel, rather than strictly reproducing the colors and forms of a distant landscape, unfolds the inner quest for existence in search of its essence. An inspiring journey: it is from the intimate that true universality is born.