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London Jewels / DIOR LACQUER AND DIAMOND 'MILLY CARNIVORA EGRATIGNA ANGELIQUE' RING, 2008

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DIOR: LACQUER AND DIAMOND 'MILLY CARNIVORA: EGRATIGNA ANGELIQUE' RING, 2008
27 April 2022, 11:00 BST
London, New Bond Street

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DIOR: LACQUER AND DIAMOND 'MILLY CARNIVORA: EGRATIGNA ANGELIQUE' RING, 2008

The rose in bloom rendered in neon lacquers of white, pink, blue and green, with rose and brilliant-cut diamonds, signed Dior, numbered K9380, maker's mark, French assay mark, ring size M, maker's case and certificate of authenticity

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Provenance:
A Private Collection of Jewels by Victoire de Castellane for Christian Dior

Victoire de Castellane links her cocktail ring designs to the excess and abundance of Dior's New Look launched in 1947: "to make rings as crazy as those cocktail dresses with their almost endless, excessive lengths of fabric."

For an example of this design, see "Dior Joaillerie: The A to Z of Victoire de Castellane", by Victoire de Castellane, with text by Olivier Gabet, New York, 2020, No 351.

Victoire de Castellane has been creative director of Dior Joaillerie since its inception in 1998 and her ground-breaking designs consistently turn the jewellery world's tendency for self-reference and historicism on their head. Hallmarks of de Castellane's work are colour, asymmetry and an extraordinary attention to detail. Gemstones of all hues are incorporated into jewels of lush, exotic flora and fauna that are also decorated in lacquer from an unlimited post-Warholian electric colour palette. The internal and the external features of each piece is given equal importance and are regarded as crucial as the seams of a dress. What remains hidden is as elaborately and skilfully worked as the exterior to give the wearer endless pleasure. In de Castellane's jewels, reality mixes with fantasy, inspiration comes from the technicolor world of Japanese animation as well as the legacy of Christian Dior. In the words of de Castellane "When you are bored, feeling alone, jewellery protects you.. I love all bad vanishing, just the memory of what's beautiful staying in my mind. Life is not like that. That's why I do jewellery."

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