Dior Rose des Vents bracelet in 18-carat pink gold with diamonds and pink opal, £5,800
Will the stacking trend ever end? Catwalk jewellery might have veered more towards shoulder-dusting earrings and statement necklaces, but take a look at the women around you and they’ll more than likely be sporting a carefully curated combination of delicate jewels. The temptation to stack is even stronger in summer: a mish-mash of whisper-thin pieces jangling against each other on a tanned wrist or neck evokes a holiday mood, whatever the temperature outside.
Fine jewellery houses have enthusiastically embraced holiday-appropriate, layering jewels; their sweetie-like appearance and relatively affordable price tags mean customers rarely stop at just one.
Dior’s Rose des Vents collection is a prime example: first launched in 2015, the house has cleverly drip-fed a steady supply of new designs – first came the pretty little bracelets with lapis, pink opal, mother-of-pearl and turquoise; later the medallion-like charm was studded entirely with diamonds, rendered in various colours on long sautoir necklaces and covered with onyx. Last summer the eight-pronged star, inspired by an old maritime navigational tool, appeared on a ring for the first time, held between hinges so that the wearer can flip between plain and embellished surfaces as they see fit.
This year, Dior ramps up the Rose des Vents range with new earrings – the lucky symbol hangs in pairs from tiny beaded “huggie” hoops, or dangles from a chain, sold and worn solo. There’s also a charm-like bracelet featuring five discs, and a dainty new ring, in which it is suspended between threads of gold. The latter echoes Dior’s hugely popular and now discontinued Mimioui design, which held a tiny diamond between chains.
These latest arrivals also see malachite added to the collection. The rich green hardstone, popular in the 1970s, has made a comeback in recent years, appearing in almost every jewellery house’s casual, layering range. Believed to possess powers of protection, healing and transformation, Dior welcomes this stone into the Rose des Vents family, as is customary, with a quirky illustration which sees artistic director Victoire de Castellane take a transformational trip of her own alongside Christian Dior, courtesy of some questionable woodland mushrooms.
You can expect to see more of this cartoon duo: judging by a sneak peek of the pieces set to hit stores in October, the Rose des Vents fascination won’t be disappearing anytime soon.[“Source-ndtv”]