As the most glamorous celebration of film descended on the sparkling French Riviera, it was high jewellery and fine jewellery pieces that took centre stage, allowing A-list celebrities the chance to embellish their couture dresses perfectly.
Here, we take a look at the top three trends from this year’s festival to discover how the lucky few will be shimmering throughout the summer. Drawing inspiration from these designs may offer some style direction for the upcoming buying season, or a flash of an idea for a new fine jewellery collection.
Top 3 Jewellery Trends of the Cannes Film Festival 2018
Nature-themed motifs were a huge trend on the red carpet; from the Boucheron diamond encrusted vine leaf ear cuffs seen on French actress, Lea Seydoux, to the precious Chopard butterfly wing rings that adorned Australian star, Cate Blanchett.
Elsewhere, Bulgari impressed with variations of its iconic Serpenti design on the red carpet (loved by Bella Hadid, among others) and actress Jessica Chastain proved that marquise-cut diamonds are having a moment in a Piaget butterfly diamond ear cuff.
More abstract designs also proved popular, including diamond ‘cobwebs’ and statement diamond-studded angle wings… and let’s not forget actress Kristen Stewart’s statement diamond lion brooch by Chanel.
Don’t miss! Chopard’s new Orchid-inspired earrings, unveiled at Cannes, are a sight to behold.
Atelier Swarvoski used the Cannes stage to launch its new collection of fine jewellery crafted in Fairtrade Gold. Actress Penelope Cruz unveiled the collection on the red carpet, wearing a pair of white gold earrings set with Swarvoski created rubies in the en-vogue ear-climber style.
Chopard also forged ahead with its ethical mission statement by showcasing new pieces in its ‘Green Carpet Collection’. Although a host of stars wore pieces from the brand, it was actress Julianne Moore’s responsibly sourced Paraiba tourmaline show-stopper that turned heads – just look at that neon blue hue!
‘The brighter the rock, the better’ seemed to be the motto of this year’s festival! Pieces ranged from tutti-frutti arrangements to incredible (and in most cases extremely large) emeralds, sapphires, rubies and tourmalines. French model Carla Bruni wore a particularly impressive long-line diamond and sapphire necklace by Chopard that perfectly encapsulated the ‘more is more’ approach.
Emeralds were the clear winner in the style stakes, with the finest examples being presented by De Grisogono, Chopard and Chaumet. But don’t be expecting elegant emerald studs… pieces were oversized, creative and full of joie de vivre!
With a unique white gold, white diamond, emerald and onyx de Grisogono High Jewellery set enhancing her astonishing look, Alessandra Ambrioso – @alessandraambrosio – is about to enchant the red carpet audience in Cannes. . © @FashionToMax . #meetyouinCannes #degrisogono #daringcreativity #Cannes2018
IJL is #withyou selecting key trends from high-profile events and distilling them for jewellers, brands and retailers, both in the UK and internationally. Discover the exhibitors who will present their fine jewellery creations at IJL 2018, here.