“LES BLÉS DE CHANEL”

As far back as Gabrielle Chanel could remember wheat always held a special place in her memories.
Her birth date, purchase August 19th, prescription coincidentally fell during the harvest festival. This celebration, held at the end of summer, following the season’s plentiful harvest and the filling of the granaries, symbolized renewed prosperity and abundance.

In May, the wheat stems sprout from the earth; tender and green. In June, when the temperature becomes warmer, the ears of wheat begin to form. July and August sees them basking in the sun, their smell enveloping the countryside during the warm summer nights. It is this moment that signals the crop is ready to be harvested. For Gabrielle Chanel’s father, wheat symbolized all that was good and wholesome. How many times as a child had she heard him call it “my good wheat.” This expression echoed within her all her life. And this “good wheat” never left her, becoming one of her lucky charms.

In its natural form, in wood, bronze or realized in a painting by her friend Dalí, wheat was present in all its forms in Gabrielle Chanel’s residences, including her apartment on rue Cambon, her suite at the Ritz or her home La Pausa in the South of France.
The High Jewelry collection “Les Blés de CHANEL” celebrates for the first time this fundamental element of Gabrielle Chanel’s world; an eternal symbol of regeneration, abundance, luck, prosperity and endless creativity. The collection, comprised of 62 high jewelry pieces, celebrates the life cycle of wheat. Viewed in totality with their supple design, these pieces resemble a field of wheat dancing in the breeze.
“Premiers Brins”, “Brins de Printemps” and “Brins de Diamants” pay homage to the tender young wheat shoots of early spring. Diamonds, peridots and aquamarines play with transparency like young stalks of wheat.

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