Born on August 19th under the sign of Leo, Gabrielle Chanel embraced the symbolism and identified with the qualities of the lion. Serving as one of her sources of inspiration, the lion was an emblem that adorned many of her creations – from suit buttons to the clasps of handbags. It also represents the omnipresent symbol of Venice, a city that held a special place in Gabrielle Chanel’s heart.
Making its first appearance in 2012 into the world of CHANEL High Jewelry, the lion is deeply rooted in the symbolic language of Mademoiselle Chanel, and continues to inspire the creations of the House. In 2013, the “SOUS LE SIGNE DU LION” High Jewelry collection paid homage to Gabrielle Chanel’s zodiac sign and her beloved city, Venice.
CHANEL “L’ESPRIT DU LION” collection, 2018
In 2018, “L’ESPRIT DU LION” begins a new era with 53 High Jewelry pieces inspired by the lion found in Gabrielle Chanel’s apartment at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris.
Carved in gilt bronze or marble and perched on a table, or in sculpted wood seated on the ledge of a fireplace, the lion is there – , the conquererconqueror, his paw resting upon the world.
The lion represents the ever-free desire and inner spark with which Gabrielle Chanel lived her life.
In this collection, a chain is paired with the lion to enhance its power and emphasize its authority.
Adorning multi-chain necklaces, open bracelets and chokers, the majestic lion resonates from jewelry sets crafted in yellow or white gold, watching over diamonds, sapphires, beryls and imperial topazes.
The “L’ESPRIT DU LION” High Jewelry collection expresses the full strength and expertise of CHANEL Fine Jewelry