Diamonds sparkle at the 60th Cannes Film Festival

Published May 27th, 2007 - 01:11 GMT

Diamonds once again made its mark at the week’s celebration of the 60th Cannes Film Festival. Chopard has created the Red Carpet Collection to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of its special relationship with the world’s most famous film event. The collection is composed of 60 unique Haute Joaillerie creations with stars from all over the globe showcasing the most dazzling diamond fashion statements. Ten of these superb adornments have inspired the legendary Italian fashion designer, Valentino, to create a personalised version of them through a range of splendid gowns.

On the opening night of the festival, celebrities were wearing stunning diamond jewellery. Toni Colette, Jury Member and an award winning actress, selected Chopard’s multi-cut diamond chandelier earrings (12 carats) paired with an oval-cut diamond bracelet (19 carats) and a pink and white diamond bracelet (12 carats).  Sarah Polley, Jury Member and multi-talented actress and director, chose to accent her evening look with Chopard’s spinnel and diamond mesh earrings set in yellow gold totaling 38 carats. Jury Member Maggie Cheung wore multiple diamond bracelets of different sizes and shapes from Chopard.  Maria de Medeiros, Jury Member, has chosen to wear Chopard’s fancy cut and fancy colored diamond pendant necklace (46 carats) for the first night.
“There are two basic prerequisites for a successful appearance on the red carpet: a magnificent dress and of course splendid jewellery. The opening evening of the Cannes Film Festival is always one of the year’s most glamorous events. It is always a pleasure to return to Cannes, and this year more than ever, thanks to the opening dinner we have organised at the close of the ceremony and thanks to this cooperation with one of the world’s finest jewellers,” said Mr Valentino, who collaborated with Chopard co-president Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele on the magnificent project.
Among the 10 models to glide up the famous steps is the radiant mother-to-be Eva Herzigova, for whom Mr Valentino has designed a pale rose silk Empire style gown highlighting her delightful expectant mother’s figure and based around the collection’s necklace. As Chopard’s ambassadress, Eva reaffirmed Chopard’s image, walking the red carpet in a splendid necklace set in pink gold with pink sapphires (10 carats), krunzites (349 carats), diamonds (5 carats) and 47 purple pearls. Chopard’s Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele ascended the stairs with Valentino and ten beautiful actresses wearing a stunning emerald cut diamond choker.

“I have always loved fashion and of course Haute Couture by Valentino, which I have often worn for grand occasions. Moreover, I know him personally and hold his remarkable work in great esteem. That’s why I naturally thought of him when I had the idea of the Red Carpet collection. He was enthused by the idea that the jewellery should be the source of inspiration for the clothing, and not the other way around. He therefore suggested 10 models that will embellish stars in a spectacular way on the red carpet this year. I am delighted and honoured by this cooperation and by the fact that he agreed to my proposal,” said Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele.
On the red carpet, Elizabeth Hurley selected Chopard’s rose-cut diamond earrings (47 carats) and a marquise-cut diamond cuff.  Oscar-nominated actress Minnie Driver climbed the stairs of the Palais in Chopard’s blue sapphire chandelier earrings set in brown pave diamonds totaling 62 carats paired with exquisite diamond bracelets.
Savage Grace premiere
On the official festival screening of Savage Grace, Julianne Moore, the star of this dramatic new film, wore Chopard’s amazing sapphire (60 carats) and diamond (4 carats) briolette drop earrings and an exquisite emerald-cut diamond ring (5 carats) to the official screening.
Zodiac premiere
At the premiere of Zodiac, Toni Colette looked stunning in Chopard’s  emerald cabochon pendant necklace featuring 44 carats of emeralds (a 37 carat cabochon) surrounded by black diamonds on a black leather cord. The coordinating emerald (41 carats) and black diamond earrings complete her evening look. French actress and film director Sophie Marceau sparkled in Chopard’s emerald-cut diamond drop earrings (13 carats), a stellar diamond cuff, and a cushion-cut diamond ring (8 carats) surrounded by baguette and brilliant-cut diamonds. Judith Godreche selected to wear Chopard’s rose-cut diamond lariat necklace and a diamond beaded wrap bracelet.  Sunrise Coigney-Ruffalo attended the premiere on the arm of her husband, actor Mark Ruffalo, shining in Chopard’s Ashoka-cut diamond bracelet (39 carats) and radiant square-cut diamond drop earrings on a micro-pave wire. Irena Medavoy, wife of Zodiac producer Mike Medavoy, selected Chopard’s sparkling diamond hoop earrings and two oval-cut diamond bracelets for this special evening.
Red Carpet Collection
Other stars adorned with diamonds from the Red Carpet collection included Chinese actress Gong Li, who glittered in Chopard’s multi-colored sapphire and rose-cut diamond chandelier earrings totaling 90 carats. Devon Aoki, world-renowned model and an up-and-coming actress, selected Chopard’s blue sapphire (126 carats) and icy quartz (48 carats) floral necklace. Preity Zinta, an Indian film star, walked the red carpet wearing a magnificent Chopard necklace in 18 K white gold set with round brilliant cut diamonds (52.98 carats) suspending a unique heart shape cabochon Columbian emerald (129 carats).  Moran Atias selected Chopard’s 18 K rose gold necklace composed of heart-shaped sapphires, spinnels, morganites and colored diamonds.  Rising star Eye Haidara wore Chopard’s elegant necklace in 18 K white gold set with briolette cut diamonds weighing (130 carats) and 1198 round brilliant cut diamonds (8.63 carats)  Alicja Bacheleda Curus was wearing Chopard’s rubellite and diamond chain necklace with large rubellite cabochon pendant (100 carats).  Italian screen star Afef Jnifen was photographed wearing Chopard’s impressive choker set in 18 K white gold with emeralds (70 carats) and 172 various shape diamonds (84 carats) and an oval cut emerald ring (12 carats).  Aishwarya Rai, the beautiful Bollywood star, sparkled on the red carpet in Chopard’s magnificent aquamarine necklace.
Chacun son Cinema premiere
At the premiere of Chacun son Cinema, celebrities were adorned with spectacular diamond jewellery.  Sarah Polley, on jury duties for the evening, wore Chopard’s Happy Spirit diamond necklace featuring over 700 brilliant cut diamonds. Jury Member Maria de Medeiros was wearing a spectacular multi-strand pearl and diamond choker featuring 152 multi-colored pearls and 246 diamonds (6 carats).
Elodie Bouchez, winner of the Palme d’Or for best actress in 1998, attended the premiere in Chopard’s spiral shaped diamond drop earrings (8 carats). Ludivine Sagnier, Les Chansons D’Amour, one of the stars of the film, was shimmering in Chopard’s glittering bracelets including: an oval-cut diamond bracelet (39 carats), a heart-shaped diamond bracelet (21 carats), a multi-cut floral diamond bracelet (36 carats) and a diamond bead wrap bracelet.  Clotilde Hesme, Les Chansons D’Amour climbed the stairs wearing Chopard’s incredible emerald cut diamond cuff.   Brigitte Rouan, Les Chansons D’Amour,  joined her fellow cast members wearing Chopard’s fancy colored diamond drop earrings (14 carats) and an Ashoka-cut diamond bracelet (39 carats).   The young French actress, Vahina Gioccante looked stellar on the red carpet in Chopard’s fancy-cut diamond drop earrings (27 carats).
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