Incroyables et Merveilleuses (Incredible and Marvelous) by Dior

Dior jewelryI came across this post by Lauren at Marie Antoinette’s Gossip Guide about Dior’s jewelry collection titled Incroyables et Merveilleuses. (A reference of course to the jeunesse dorée (“Golden Youth”) that sported decadent and utterly immodest clothing during the phase of the French Revolution that followed the fall and execution of Robespierre.Dior jewelry

I am not sure this collection particularly fits the neo-classical – and very scant – fashions of the Incroyables et Merveilleuses. To me the jewels are more reminiscent of the curvature and sense of ornementation of the earlier rococo style. In any case the colors and level of craftsmanship in these pieces are stunning.

A great bravo to Victoire de Castellane, Dior’s jewelry designer. The rings are a bit chunky for my taste, but these green beryl earrings are wonderful. Note how each earring is slightly different from the other, and the lily-of-the-valley motif, emblematic of Dior.

And since we are talking of jewels, you have to see this wonderful post by Judith at Paris Atelier, on the French crown jewels. I will post shortly on the Galerie d’Apollon, in the Louvre, where they are now kept.

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6 Comments to “Incroyables et Merveilleuses (Incredible and Marvelous) by Dior”

  1. Catherine Delors says:

    You make me feel better, Felio! And the best part is that, since I posted this, I got earrings (with green stones as well) for a Christmas present… Not Dior (smaller and far easier to wear) but still very, very pretty.

  2. Felio Vasa says:

    Both post by Lauren & Judith were wonderful.
    The earrings are gorgeous (so were the others that Lauren displayed). And of course I would love the rings!

  3. Catherine Delors says:

    Oh good, a fellow jewelry addict! You are right, Carol, OTT is the word for these pieces.

  4. I love Victoire de Castellane’s jewelry and these are even more OTT than usual!

  5. Catherine Delors says:

    Ah Richard, I agree that the rings are too big to be worn gracefully , but I confess to a soft spot for these earrings. In any case it will remain a purely hypothetical issue for me…

  6. Richard says:

    Mon Dieu si gauche! Truly these are not attractive. Simplicity is the height of fashion.


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