“The Russians admired me. They showed me the East,”Gabrielle Chanel said. She was friends with many artists, painters, musicians who emigrated to Paris after the 1917 revolution. They are dedicated to the jewelry collection of seven Inspiration Russe jewelry, which combines constructivism and avant-garde, traditional handicrafts and Byzantine luxury - everything that Mademoiselle interpreted in one way or another in her works.
Chanel's Russian period begins with an affair with the Grand Duke Dmitry Pavlovich Romanov. They met in Paris in the early 1920s. The new lover introduces her to the perfumer Ernest Bo, the future creator of fragrance No. 5 and Russian Skin, while under the influence of Romanov, Chanel turns to military uniform silhouettes. The details of the officer's uniform - the stand of the uniform, shoulder straps, braids - are beaten in an openwork Dimitri set made of yellow gold and diamonds.
The Igor set is named after the Russian avant-garde composer Igor Stravinsky. Chanel first heard his "Rite of Spring" in 1913, and seven years later she met him personally. Until the end of her life, Gabrielle kept the Russian icon, a gift from Stravinsky. Igor's jewelery is a geometric composition of Burmese red spinel (bracelet and ring with 5.57 carat stones) surrounded by a mosaic of rubies, onyx and agate.
The baroque set is dedicated to the great impresario and inspirer of the "Russian Seasons" Sergei Diaghilev. The ring and bracelet reproduce a folk ornament, as if laid out from the Ural gems (Diaghilev was from Perm). In fact, in the center there is a tanzanite cabochon - 34.24 carats in a bracelet, 21.96 carats in a ring - and this stone is framed by tsavorites, rubellites, malachite and Japanese cultured pearls.
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A yellow gold bracelet with two large Australian Vaslav pearls in an oriental style, made in honor of the genius dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky.
So far, all Inspiration Russe jewelry has been released in a single copy. They will arrive at the boutique on Petrovka in early December, allowing customers to purchase existing items or place an order. Prices range from € 48,000 for a Dimitri ring made of gold and diamonds to € 630,000 for an Igor bracelet, the most expensive item in the collection.>