Exactly 100 years ago, 37-year-old Coco Chanel commissioned renowned perfumer Ernest Beaux to create a special fragrance that she would gift to loyal customers of her fashion boutique in Paris.
The perfume proved so popular with buyers that Coco decided to put it up for sale in 1922. Since then, Chanel No. 5 in the original rectangular bottle has managed to acquire the status of a living legend and become one of the best-selling perfumes in the world.
Created by Patrice Legereau, director of Chanel’s Fine Jewelery Creation Studio, the collection consists of 123 pieces of jewelry, each inspired by a different element of perfume. However, the most remarkable and outstanding decoration was the luxurious necklace 55.55.
The heart of the necklace is a huge 55.55-carat emerald-cut diamond set in the center of the silhouette of the Chanel No. 5 bottle. The flawless D color stone is framed by 104 round-cut diamonds and another 42 baguette-cut diamonds. When viewed from the side, this element resembles the shape of a cork in a perfume bottle.
The jewelry is made of white gold and colorless diamonds. The clasp is shaped like the number 5, Coco’s lucky number. Several pear-shaped diamond pendants hang in drops from the bottom of the bottle.
The company does not plan to sell the necklace. Instead, it will be stored in the archives of the fashion house in Paris.