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“Versailles Pieces secretes”: the third and final chapter of Dior’s love affair with Versailles

Dior Versailles Pieces Secretes Collection Vanite rubellite Necklace

After the magnificent Versailles by Night first launched in 2016 and a blossoming journey in its radiant gardens last year, Victoire de Castellane draws us into a behind the scene visit of Versailles secrets.

Author By Marie-Caroline Selmer

The final chapter of the triptych Versailles story reveals an unseen vision of what the legendary castle and gardens look like. Comprised of private corridors and concealed boudoirs, the royal passion that De Castellane translated into jewelry results into a fantastical intrigue that will remain hidden forever. A collection of 36 pieces including 22 rings.

Dior Versaille Pieces Secretes Collection "Cachette Tiroir Diamant" ring mounted on rose gold with diamonds
Dior – “Cachette Tiroir Diamant” ring mounted on rose gold with diamonds

There is no better inspirational set than Versailles for this high-end line of narrative and whimsical jewels infused with romanticism and lush. From secret mirrors to hidden drawers, each piece of jewelry reveals a little surprise that you cannot resist to discover. Some are engraved, other are kept secret inside the piece: it’s all the tiny details that make up the whole. Skull motifs are recurring in Dior’s jewelry collection: whether carved in into a mismatched pair of moonstone earring or in a pendant, the pattern is employed by Castellane as a special tribute to the ghosts of Versailles.

Dior creative director mesmerizes us with a high jewelry line of miniaturized treasury: an exquisite tanzanite bracelet becomes a charming secret timepiece whilst cocktail rings are turned into secret rings. For these one-of-a-kind rings, De Castellane used the rotating stone mechanism to conceal mirrors, skull or tiny compartments, like with the “Volupté” green beryl ring. If the colored gemstones are less vivid than the ones from the previous collection, they are also subtler. Victoire de Castellane said that she wanted to use chiaroscuro stones in shade of faded rose, red verging on purple, iridescent moonstones and more intense sky blues. A color palette that definitely embodies the royal mystery of Versailles.

Dior Versailles Pieces Secretes Collection "Vanité Pierre de lune" earrings in white gold set with diamonds, moonstones, sapphires and pink sapphires
Dior – “Vanité Pierre de lune” earrings in white gold set with diamonds, moonstones, sapphires and pink sapphires
Dior Versailles Pieces Secretes Collection "Vanité Rubellite" necklace mounted on white and pink gold set with diamonds, rubellite and grey spinels
Dior – “Vanité Rubellite” necklace mounted on white and pink gold set with diamonds, rubellite and grey spinels
Dior Versailles Pieces Secretes Collection "Cachette Tanzanite" high jewelry timepiece mounted on white gold with diamonds and tanzanite
Dior – “Cachette Tanzanite” high jewelry timepiece mounted on white gold with diamonds and tanzanite
Dior Versailles Pieces Secretes "Volupté Aigue-Marine" double ring mounted on white and pink gold set with diamonds, aquamarine and sapphire
Dior – “Volupté Aigue-Marine” double ring mounted on white and pink gold set with diamonds, aquamarine and sapphire