Incroyables et Merveilleuses (Incredible and Marvelous) by Dior
I 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.
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.