The stories behind the Rose des Vents collection by Victoire de Castellane commenced at Granville, a villa where Christian Dior had spent his childhood.
While overlooking the sea, Les Rhumbs, a name referred to the thirty-two divisions of the wind rose (the ‘rose des vents’ in French), originally built by a shipowner could be observed. Everything about it alludes to travel. The Channel Islands are visible in the far distance when the weather is good. In the pool, behind the house, the wind rose motif is traced out on the mosaic bottom. Plus, it was in the garden here that the couturier’s passion for flowers took root, in particular his beloved roses, which he grew himself.
Later, in Paris, the highly superstitious Christian Dior found a somewhat mysterious star on the ground and then he decided to open his own couture house, interpreting this chance find as a portent of his destiny. And it was then from Paris, with that same lucky star in his pocket, that he headed off to the four winds to discover the world and present his collections in which the rose always played a starring role.
“I wanted to start from the idea of a little motif pendant. And what is more metaphorical than a medallion?” the Dior Joaillerie creative director Victoire de Castellane asks.
“A symbol of travel, in it you find echoes of Christian Dior’s star and the idea of the good-luck charm, but also the rose, his favorite flower. The whole history of the house is there, implicitly.”
There are necklaces and bracelets in white gold and mother-of-pearl, in yellow gold and lapis lazuli, and in turquoise with mother-of-pearl. Elsewhere, there is rose gold with onyx, and three sautoirs in yellow gold and turquoise, lapis lazuli and mother-of-pearl: the jewels have all the delicacy of a little story gently whispered. In a nod to rigging and an ode to the ocean, a twist of gold rice grains encircles the medallion hanging from its chain, showing either its hardstone or wind rose face, according to the wearer’s movements.
ROSE DES VENTS NECKLACE white gold, diamonds and mother-of-pearl
ROSE DES VENTS BRACELET white gold, diamonds and mother-of-pearl
ROSE DES VENTS EARRINGS white gold, diamonds and mother-of-pearl
ROSE DES VENTS LONG EARRING pink gold, diamonds and mother-of-pearl
ROSE DES VENTS LONG NECKLACE pink gold, diamonds and mother-of-pearl
ROSE DES VENTS LONG BRACELET pink gold, diamonds and mother-of-pearl
“Rose des vents is also a metaphor for creation,” explains Victoire de Castellane. “Creating is about searching, turning things over, and then finding ones cardinal point and setting off on a journey. Creation is the product of a stationary voyage.”