Emeralds make a glamorous statement in Chopard’s new sparklers. Going green extends to the eco-friendly approach in crafting high jewellery with responsibly-sourced precious stones.
Presented at BaselWorld 2017, the Green Carpet collection is an emerald interpretation of designs inspired by the Palme d’Or — the golden palm-leaf trophy for best picture that Chopard has been providing the Cannes Film Festival for the past two decades.
A strategic partnership between the Geneva-based company and Gemfields — the world leader in the extraction of coloured gemstones — provides the mesmerising emeralds from the Kagem mine in Zambia.
Against ethically certified Fairmined white gold from South America, the dazzling diamonds come from the IGC group, one of the world’s oldest diamond companies certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) for meeting its ethical, social and environmental terms.
The sourcing of these precious materials follows the “Journey To Sustainable Luxury” project launched in 2013 to demonstrate Chopard’s commitment in working alongside Eco-Age, the sustainable brand consultancy striving to promote ethics in the fashion world through the Green Carpet Challenge (GCC).
An expert in green-mining practice, Eco-Age uses the GCC Principles of Sustainable Excellence to check the mining sites and their organisation, notably with regard to social and environmental protection, training and worker safety.
The Green Carpet ensemble includes white gold earrings and a ring adorned with marquise-cut emeralds, while the matching timepiece is set with marquise-cut emeralds and brilliant-cut emeralds and diamonds.
Additionally, Chopard’s use of green gems are seen in a sumptuous emerald-and-diamond necklace and chandelier earrings from the Red Carpet collection, marking the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, and in dainty white gold “For You” pieces featuring pear-shaped, brilliant-cut emeralds with a floral design inspired by springtime’s cherry blossoms.