The Key to A Woman’s Heart

What is more mysterious and full of delightful promises than a key? The sesame to secret rooms and compartments where the most precious treasures are jealously kept.

In today’s world where sad little magnetic cards and electronic code locks have taken control, Tiffany & Co has decided to bring keys back, in the most beautiful fashion. The mythic Maison launched a new jewellery collection, inspired by keys from the Tiffany & Co Archives, that once unlocked jewellery boxes, albums, diaries or even private clubs and manors.

Reworked in iconic pendants and charms, these magical talismans come in an array of metals and exquisite designs, heart-shaped, medallion-shaped, poetic flower-topped keys, as well as luxurious keys set with sparkling diamonds. Each and every one of them tells a story and will fire the imagination of the curious! History, mystery and chic, is there any better combination?

Photo: © Tiffany & Co

 

Laurie Guillem    

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Chanel’s high jewellery Collection No 5 is an ode to the iconic fragrance

Only a perfume as rich, unrivalled and mysterious as the century-old Chanel No 5 can inspire such a monumental high jewellery collection.
Created by perfumer Ernest Beaux and Gabrielle Chanel in 1921, the first “perfume for women with the scent of a woman” – featuring a complex blend of aldehydes and florals layered over warm, sensuous base notes of vetiver, amber and vanilla – caused a sensation. Featuring a combination of the singular modernity of the fragrance, purity of a minimalist bottle and the mystery of its name, Chanel No 5 was revolutionary.
Polishing the structure of Collection No 5’s key piece, the spellbinding 55.55 necklace
Then in 1932, Mademoiselle Chanel broke the codes of French high jewellery with Bijoux de Diamants, her first and only collection in platinum and diamonds that introduced new ways of wearing jewellery. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the famed perfume, Patrice Leguéreau, director of Chanel Fine Jewellery Creation Studio, melded the two realms to realise the Collection No 5, the first high jewellery collection dedicated to a fragrance.
At the zenith of this 123-piece collection is the stupendous 55.55 white gold and diamond necklace. Embodying the spirit of the fragrance, an exceptional 55.55-carat custom-cut diamond crafted in its honour graces the centre of this unique creation that showcases the silhouette of the No 5 flacon.
55.55 necklace in white gold and diamonds, featuring a 55.55-carat emerald-cut DFL Type IIa diamond.
In addition to the 146 round and baguette diamonds set on the necklace is its unique clasp. Shaped like the numeral five, it is an ode to the perfume’s origins as it is believed that Mademoiselle Chanel selected the fifth sample presented by Beaux and decided to name the scent after the number. Adds Leguéreau: “We started with a rough diamond that we had cut, not to make the biggest stone possible, but to obtain a perfect octagonal diamond weighing 55.55 carats.” The house has chosen to keep the remarkable necklace in its Patrimoine, to ensure that the tribute piece will forever bear witness to this milestone in the history of the maison’s high jewellery achievements.
Chanel’s largest high jewellery collection to date, Collection No 5 is a reflection of the scent’s many facets: daring creativity, powerful timelessness, noble materials and an accentuated femininity. The maison’s Creation Studio presents a contrast between the flacon’s unmistakable graphic design and the sensuality of the scent by transposing its five key identifying elements to the architectural jewels: the bottle, stopper, number, flowers and sillage.
The bottle
No 5 Signature Bottle yellow gold brooch with yellow sapphires and diamonds
The flacon’s distinctive geometric silhouette is seen through the lines of white and yellow diamonds and yellow sapphires cascading over necklaces, brooches and drop earrings. Bottles feature streams of pear-shaped diamonds and pink morganites that seemingly flow onto the skin like droplets of the divine perfume.
The stopper
Crystal Stopper white gold ring with a 1.02-carat round-cut diamond, rock crystal and diamonds
The emerald cut and rectangular shape recall the Place Vendôme, exalted by the beauty of gems. Meticulously crafted from rock crystal or set with diamonds, onyx, pearls and yellow sapphires, the precious octagon is at the heart of the graphic yet sophisticated pieces. Rings adorned with rock crystal reveal beds of diamonds through a skilful play on transparency. Rendered even more feminine with a fluid ribbon of diamonds, the stopper symbolises the start of an imaginary world of the No 5 perfume.
The number

Graphic No 4 white gold earrings with diamonds
No 5 Drop yellow gold necklace with 2.65-carat pear-cut beryl and diamond

Powerful and sensuous, the outline of the number “5” becomes one of the collection’s signatures. It sits playfully off- centre on a yellow gold and diamond choker with a golden beryl drop. The XL version of the Eternal No 5 necklace can be worn five ways, including a choker and brooch (the “5” is detachable). Comprising a sublime potpourri of round, pear, navette and oval-shaped diamonds, this spectacular design is topped off with a 10-carat emerald-cut diamond.
The flowers
Grasse Jasmine white and yellow gold necklace with a 1.55-carat pear-cut diamond and 1.04-carat round- cut diamond
At the heart of the fragrance are jasmine, may rose and ylang-ylang, which blossom over colourful jewellery sets. Featuring volume and depth, the flowers retain their delicacy with appearances that recall the shape of the stars, moon and sun, echoing the symbols in Gabrielle Chanel’s 1932 platinum and diamond collection. Resembling a star, the lively jasmine nestles in a cloud of diamonds. As for the may rose, Chanel interprets it through a round, moon-like flower with its petals dipped in pink sapphires. Intricately crafted like a sun, the ylang-ylang dazzles at the centre of luminous necklaces with sprinklings of diamonds resembling dew drops.
The sillage
Blushing Sillage pink gold bracelet with a 4.39-carat cushion-cut spinel, diamonds, rubies, spinels, garnets and yellow sapphires
To translate the olfactory revolution that is the No 5 perfume, the maison imagines pieces with abstract motifs that shimmer and caress the body like a fragrance. A variety of exceptional yellow, amber and pink gemstones are used to represent the colours of the scent. Flaunting pink harmonies, the ultra-feminine Blushing Sillage creations are set with diamonds, rubies, garnets, yellow sapphires as well as pink and red spinels to form a colour gradation resembling the precious nectar of the No 5 perfume.
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This is what we can expect from iOS 15

As part of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), the tech firm showcased the main new features coming to iOS 15, available as an update for all the brand’s smartphones from the iPhone 6s onwards.
One of the most notable changes concerns FaceTime calls, which will benefit from spatial audio technology, designed to make voices sound even more natural and close, depending on where people are positioned in relation to their handsets. FaceTime sessions will also be enriched with multimedia content, making it possible to share different experiences with loved ones, such as listening to music with Apple Music, watching a series or a movie at the same time, or sharing your screen to look at applications together.
The Maps app will benefit from enhanced detail, including detailed pedestrian routes in augmented reality. Over on Safari, the interface has been redesigned, now including the ability to group multiple sites under a single tab. The Weather and Translate apps get some improvements too, not to mention Photos, which sees its Memories function revamped with a new look, an interactive interface and integration with Apple Music.
In terms of notifications, Apple showcased a new feature to help users focus by filtering notifications according to the importance that users give them. In this way, only certain applications and/or contacts will be allowed to notify users at certain times. On-device intelligence is even on hand to help prioritise notifications and suggest which people and apps make the grade.
With iOS 15, Apple Wallet gains support for more types of keys — like home keys — in addition to car keys, as well as some identity documents (in the US only), all stored securely. Moreover, manufacturers of HomeKit-compatible products will be able to integrate Siri into their accessories to enable voice control. Finally, regarding health, users will be able to share selected health data with their loved ones, family or doctor — if they wish — and send alerts if necessary.
The final version of iOS 15 will be available this fall for all iPhone models from the 6s onwards.
This article was published via AFP Relaxnews. (Photo by Brandon Romanchuk on Unsplash)
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