Jewels & Time 2020: Marion Cotillard Puts Her Touch on Chopard Ice Cube Collection
There’s no other jewellery quite like Chopard’s Ice Cube collection, which is iconic for its distinctive cubic and linear forms, as well as an aesthetic that is unapologetically contemporary. The line also stands out for its versatility and the general ease with which it can be incorporated stylishly into a woman’s everyday outfits. This year, however, we see the collection take a rare turn towards high jewellery via a special design collaboration with a long-time friend of Chopard and celebrity—Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard. Besides being famed for her thespian talents, she is also known for her French sense of insouciant chic.
This project stemmed from Cotillard’s desire to extend her environmental and social concerns to the world of fine jewellery, which was put into action after a discussion with Chopard’s co-president and artistic director Caroline Scheufele. Scheufele left the artistic direction of the project entirely to the actress and her stylist, Eliott Bliss, while ensuring that Chopard provided responsibly and ethically mined materials as well as the technical support of the artisans required to produce the jewellery.
The result is the Ice Cube Capsule by Marion Cotillard, a small but impressive collection of some of the edgiest high jewellery we’ve ever seen. Applying asymmetry boldly to the signature cubic theme, Cotillard has dreamed up an adventurous and fearlessly modern capsule collection comprising six earrings and a ring.
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The earrings do not come in matching pairs—instead, they are different, yet designed to be complementary, and thus can each be worn alone or mixed and worn in various combinations as one pleases. They include a series of ear cuffs in the signature Ice Cube pattern, a dramatic pendant earring composed of diamonds that are linked together in an asymmetrical pattern, and a simple stud earring, on which sits a stunning princess-cut sparkler. All these ear jewels have been designed as clips, so that those who do not have ear piercings—like Cotillard herself—can also wear them.
The ring that completes the capsule features a 5.73-carat princess-cut diamond perched between two square-motif rings that are deliberately positioned askew. The overall effect is refreshingly trendy and highly wearable—not typical descriptions you would normally associate with traditional styles of high jewellery. If Cotillard should endeavour to continue exploring jewellery design with Chopard, we think she’d soon grow quite a following of jewellery aficionados with a taste for the extraordinary.