‘Contrastes’ jewelry collection at Chanel

February 5th, 2012
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Aubrey McGovern tried on this ring from the Chanel Contrastes Fine Jewelry Collection during a preview that took place Feb. 2 at Halekulani. It’s priced at $307,000.

The Chanel Contrastes Fine Jewelry collection went on view today and will continue from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 6, at the Waikiki Chanel boutique on Luxury Row, 2100 Kalakaua Ave.

It’s a rare exhibition of couture pieces, with the approximately 20 pieces on view valued at about $5 million.

During a preview event Feb. 2 at Halekulani, a handful of guests were able to view and try on pieces, none worth less than $100,000.

True to the collection’s name, each piece is a study in contrasts, from Chanel’s classic black-and-white, to studies in light and shade, with gemstones in a variety of cuts, transparency and reflectiveness, from the radiance of diamonds, to the iridescence of mother-of-pearl and moonstones, and milky opacity of white opals.

Take a look while you can.

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Collier Perle de Rosee necklace in 18K white gold, set with a central 2-carat round-cut diamond, white diamonds, black and grey spinels, moon stones and pearls.

At the Halekulani preview, pieces that caught the eye could be tried on.

This diamond cuff definitely caught my eye, but I wouldn’t want the attention from wearing this many diamonds out!

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Nuage de Glace earrings in 18K white gold, set with 2 round-cut diamonds for a total weight of 2 carats, 621 brilliant-cut white diamonds for a total weight of 7.5 carats, 134 brilliant-cut black diamonds for a total weight of 1 carat and 108 white cultured pearls from 4 to 4.5 mm diameter.

An incredible piece incorporating rock crystals, brilliant- and emerald-cut diamonds. I don’t know the cost, but a ring with a diamond embedded in a single rock crystal is $115,000, so start multiplying.

Another favorite piece, inspired by Coco Chanel’s love of Asian design and inspired by a Chinese folding screen in her apartment at 31 Rue Cambon, Paris.

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