It’s the incredible play of colour that is perhaps the opal’s most alluring trait. In truly exceptional examples, the fiery red of rubies, the deep purple of amethysts, the mesmerising azure of blue sapphires, and the intense green of emeralds all exist in a single stone. It’s like gazing at several gemstones at once.
Described by Dior’s artistic director, Victoire de Castellane,as a “wildly poetic stone” and “nature’s gemstone par excellence,” the mysterious opal is the star of Dior’s latest high jewellery collection, Dior et d’Opales.
Gorgeous stones are skilfully set on timepieces, bracelets, earrings and rings designed to highlight the opal’s special qualities. “It’s like an invitation to enter a fairy tale, to experience magic,” De Castellane says in describing the gemstone. “When I look at an opal, I feel like I’m seeing the earth from afar, the oceans, the archipelagos, and the reflections of stars on ocean waves.”
She complements the opals with diamonds and coloured gemstones, such as garnets, tourmalines, spinels and turquoise. Dior et d’Opales explores one of the designer’s favourite themes—feathers. The collection includes five exquisite secret timepieces, which De Castellane prefers to call “bracelets that happen to tell the time.”