Jewelry by Chanel
A Thames & Hudson book
Celebrating eighty years
of Chanel jewelry from
the iconic 1932 designs
to the new 2012
Coco Chanel’s passion for fabulous jewels, for exceptional stones, and for
improbable marvels produced pieces that were unparalleled in their insistence
on luxury and refinement. Drawing inspiration from tradition, Chanel
was never the slave of everyday formulas or market values. Yet she reinvented
tradition in the most arresting and modern jewelry pieces, based on her
love of color and her assured command of austere classical beauty.
Chanel was a creature of contrasts: there was the Chanel of sumptuous
baroque, of rococo mirrors and dazzling, playful, unrestrained jewelry; and
there was the Chanel of the utmost restraint, of classicism à la française.
Out of this dialogue between ostentation and austerity, the jewelry that
Chanel created throughout her long career has been celebrated in many
revivals of her exceptional taste.
From the direct re-creations of the 1932 Collection to the newest interpretations
of comets and stars, plumes and feathers, and Chanel’s signature
flower, the camellia, this book is true to the spirit of her enterprise. Classic
images from the archives combine with exciting new photography to bring
old and new together.
- October 2012
- 9.5 × 12.3 in
/ 272 pages
- Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.
Also by Patrick Mauriès