“Color is what gives jewels their worth. They light up and enhance the face. Nothing is more elegant than a black skirt and sweater worn with a sparkling multi-stoned necklace.”
Christian Dior was founded in 1947 in Paris. Dior’s first designs from the 1947 Spring/Summer collection were referred to as the “New Look.” Dior’s jewelry was designed to complement his clothing collections. By 1948, Dior opened a fashion house called, “Dior Costume Jewelry” in Germany which was inspired by nature; depictions of animals and floral motifs were common. In the 1950s, Christian Dior hired the American Mitchell Maer to produce fine jewelry for the house. His floral compositions and motifs, such as the unicorn brooches, are very rare today. In 1956, Dior collaborated with the Swarovski firm to develop the aurora borealis rhinestone with an iridescent coating that changes color depending on the angle it is viewed from. In 1998, the fashion house launched the fine jewelry division of “Dior Joaillerie.”
Victoire de Castellane was announced as the creative director. Castellane had worked for the house of Chanel under Karl Lagerfeld from 1984-1998.