Style + Design: Chanel presents its new talismans

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IN the wake of haute couture fashion week in Paris, the French luxury brand has unveiled its latest collection of haute jewellery, Les Talismans de Chanel. These gorgeous creations are available this month in Chanel stores.

The house of Chanel is known for creating symbolic pieces, such as lucky charms and talismans, that were dear to Gabrielle Chanel, and this year, magnificent creations inspired by the idea of the mythical and magical protective powers of the talisman have been crafted in the Chanel workshops.

Blinding with the light that emanates from them, almost hypnotic in a way, these "Talismans" are available in several stunning forms.

This new collection of precious stone and diamond-encrusted designs, all inspired by a combination of mythical and natural totems and charms that are said to bring good fortune to the possessor, are designed in a distinctive quatrefoil pattern. The collection calls on the combination of Japanese cultured pearls, sapphires, multicoloured lacquer and enamel and the timeless appeal of diamonds to create an alluring array of distinctive pieces.

Les Talismans de Chanel includes necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets. Made of 18k yellow gold, the Magnétique line brings together oval and brilliant cut diamonds with cabochon cut crystals, while Envoûtante, in 18k white gold, mixes briolette, fancy, brilliant and rose-cut diamonds.

Brilliant cut diamonds are also all over the 18k white gold Secrète pieces, which are available as a bracelet, a necklace, a ring and two pairs of earrings. The Attirante line-up, in 18k yellow and white gold, blends red spinels, orange topazes and yellow sapphires, but also brilliant, pear, square, cushion and baguette cut diamonds.

The collection also includes the Mystérieuse, Solaire, Fascinante, Charismatique, Hypnotique, Particulière and Les Talismans de Mademoiselle sets. — AFP

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This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on July 14, 2015.