8 May 2018
Brave, instinctive, untamed. These best describe Chanel’s latest high jewellery collection, L’ Esprit Du Lion. The collection features 53 one-of-a-kind pieces in 18-karat gold inspired by a lion sculpture found in Gabrielle Chanel’s apartment at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris.
“Carved in gilt bronze or marble and perched on a table, or in sculpted wood seated on the ledge of a fireplace, the lion is there – the conqueror, his paw resting upon the world,” Chanel said, adding that the lion represents the ever-free desire and inner spark with which Gabrielle lived her life.
In this collection, chains are paired with the lion to enhance its power and emphasise its authority. Adorning multi-chain necklaces, open bracelets and chokers, the majestic lion resonates from jewellery sets crafted in yellow or white gold, watching over diamonds, sapphires, beryls and imperial topaz stones.
Gabrielle, born on August 19 under the sign of Leo, embraced the lion symbolism and identified with the majestic animal’s qualities, the company said.
Serving as one of her sources of inspiration, the lion was an emblem that adorned many of her creations – from suit buttons to the clasps of handbags. It also represents the omnipresent symbol of Venice, a city that held a special place in Gabrielle’s heart.