Never before has a fragrance inspired a whole collection of dazzling high jewelry, but there has never been a fragrance quite like Chanel’s N°5. Celebrating its centenary, the instantly recognizable scent was introduced in 1921 as the modern “perfume for women with the scent of a woman.”
Composed by Ernest Beaux and Gabrielle Chanel, the fragrance went on to the revolutionize the olfactory world with its rich and enigmatic aroma encased in a uniquely shaped bottle. Mademoiselle Chanel blessed it with her lucky number five and 100 years after its birth, the scent remains a firm classic of the Maison.
N°5 Signature Bottle brooch in yellow gold, white gold, yellow sapphires and diamonds
Over a decade later, in 1932, Gabrielle Chanel broke convention once again when she unveiled the extravagant Bijoux de Diamants, her one and only jewelry collection in platinum and diamonds. Now, in 2021, Patrice Leguéreau, Director of Chanel’s Fine Jewelry Creation Studio is uniting the universes of fragrance and high jewelry for the first time with the unexpected and utterly irresistible, Collection No5.
Chanel Collection N°5 Diamond Sillage High Jewellery necklace in white gold diamonds, including one cushion cut diamond of 10.11 carats and one pear-cut diamond of 3.04 carats
The spectacular 123-piece collection encompasses 5 iconic elements of the fragrance: the signature stopper resembling Place Vendôme, the bottle’s geometric silhouette, the famed figure 5, the flowers at the heart of the scent, and the invisible but powerful sillage.
Each element is reimagined in diamonds and yellow or orange-hued stones that reflect the warm amber tones of the scent. Shimmering on the body, just like the trail of perfume, the highlight of the collection is the exceptional Diamond Sillage necklace in white gold set with a 55.55-carat diamond. A new icon is born.
Chanel Collection N°5 Diamond Sillage High Jewellery necklace in white gold diamonds, including one cushion-cut diamond of 10.11 carats and one pear-cut diamond of 3.04 carats
Images courtesy of Chanel; Cover image: House ambassador Marion Cotillard in the Chanel N°5 Collection.