In 1985, when Caroline Scheufele, then in her mid-20s, came to work as a designer for Chopard, the Geneva-based watchmaker her father bought from the grandson of its founder in 1963, a line of haute joaillerie seemed little more than a dream. But in the intervening years, Scheufele has helped Chopard, still privately held by her family — a rarity in the fine jewellery and watches world — become as renowned for its ornate gems as it is for its timepieces. Chopard’s stature as a jeweller has been helped by a 21-year relationship with the Cannes Film Festival; Scheufele is the designer of its gold-and-crystal Palme d’Or awards, and her creations, cascades of rare stones in daring configurations, dominate the red carpet. Each year, the number of pieces she makes reflects how many seasons the festival has been in existence (this year: 72). This necklace, in a subtle palette of white and yellow diamonds, includes nearly 90 carats of round, pear-shaped and marquise-cut stones: a dazzling array that promises to remain a showstopper long after the flashbulbs stop.
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