Opals are the stars of Dior et d’Opales, Dior’s latest fine jewellery collection that features one-of-a-kind gemstone-embellished watch bracelets with opal centre stones.
The collection was designed by Victoire de Castellane, creative director of Dior.
De Castellane described the opal as “a very poetic stone.” She further commented, “It’s an invitation to a fairy tale, to magic. When I look at it, I see the earth from afar, the oceans, the archipelagos and the reflections of stars on the waves… I see it as nature’s gemstone par excellence, a stone that’s so linked to the feminine that it becomes organic.”
According to Dior, pieces in the collection are designed to celebrate opal’s special beauty. The collection features eight watch bracelets, in reference to Christian Dior’s favourite number. Five styles of “La D de Dior” with an opal dial and a diamond-set bezel complete the collection.
The timepieces are embellished with various gemstones in the dial, bezel and bracelet: Diamonds, emeralds, rubies, amethysts, spessartite and demantoid garnets, tsavorites, Paraiba tourmalines, and pink, yellow and violet sapphires.
These stones “respond to the opals’ fire and seem to reflect here in reds and pinks, or there in harmonies of blues and greens. On secret watches, opals pivot to reveal a dial set with diamonds,” noted Dior.
Dior likewise offers other fine opal jewellery pieces from the Cher Dior Collection, including rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings.