Exquisite Jewelry debut to Celebrate Chopard's 150th Anniversary

by 04 May 2010

New York City, April 29th 2010 – Chopard celebrates its 150th anniversary with the worldwide debut of Animal World, a one-of-a-kind haute joaillerie collection, and a performance by John Legend at The Frick Collection.

On April 29th Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele, Co-President and Artistic Director of Chopard, hosted an extravagant celebration at The Frick Collection to commemorate Chopard’s 150th anniversary. Film stars toasted the occasion along with luminaries such as Georgina Chapman, Natalie Cole, Eugenia Silva, Miguel Fabregas, Alexandra Richards and Lauren Remington Platt.

Academy award winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow glittered with Chopard's 24.2-carat diamond chandeliers set in platinum and a rose-cut 13.3-carat diamond ring set in platinum. Kate Hudson, Golden Globe winner, dazzled in Chopard's chalcedony, sapphire, diamond and iolite chandeliers, a multi-color pearl and (54-carat) diamond sautoir and south sea pearl, pink and black diamond ring. Actress Claire Danes wore 20carat pear-shaped diamond chandelier earrings set in platinum and a paraiba tourmaline and 131-carat diamond bracelet set in 18-carat white gold. Christina Ricci sparkled in Chopard's 33-carat diamond earrings set in 18-carat white gold with a 2.25-carat round brilliand and baguette diamond ring set in platinum.

Spanish model, Eugenia Silva celebrated Chopard's anniversary in 25-carat black and white diamond swallow necklace set in rose gold with 13.6 carat black and white diamond earrings from the 150th Anniversary Collection - Animal World, by Chopard.

The Frick Collection was selected for this special evening as Gruosi-Scheufele felt it was important to debut the jewelry in a museum setting, to emphasize that each piece of the Animal World collection is a true work of art. As guests entered The Frick Collection they were led down a green carpet to accentuate the celebration’s nature theme.

The night began with a sophisticated cocktail soirée where guests were treated to the international debut of Animal World, an exclusive one-of-a-kind collection of 150 amazing haute joaillerie pieces inspired by Gruosi-Scheufele’s innate passion for travel and animals. The collection featured a dazzling array of creatures from nature and fantasy ranging from swimming sardines and fruit-snatching monkeys to frog princes and baby-carrying storks. Showcasing an incredible diversity of stones and jewels, the collection was a testament to Chopard’s expertise in jewelry craftsmanship. Animal World marks the largest collection any jewelry house has ever devoted to a single theme. Gruosi-Scheufele dreamed of the idea one night while anticipating Chopard’s 150th birthday and spent over two years developing the collection with some pieces requiring over ten days to create.

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Brand History: 150 Years of Chopard
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