All That Glitters

Antonis Achilleos

Onto every red carpet, it seems, a little Chopard must fall. Chopard made the Grammys, the SAGs, the Golden Globes, the Tonys, Elton John's birthday party, and Elizabeth Hurley's wedding. For the past four years the Academy Award winner for best or supporting actress has worn Chopard at the Oscars. "They call us the lucky-charm jeweler," says copresident and creative director Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele. Nowhere, however, is Chopard's dominance felt more keenly than at Cannes. For a decade the Geneva-based firm has been an official partner of the annual film festival, adorning attendees with 20-carat emeralds, handcrafting the big Palme d'Or prize (for best film), and hosting, say, dinner with Valentino and lunch with the cast of Ocean's 13. This year, in honor of the festival's 60th anniversary, Gruosi-Scheufele decided to pull out all the stops and offer what has been named, appropriately enough, the Red Carpet Collection: 60 one-of-a-kind high- jewelry pieces. "They are red carpet," says Gruosi-Scheufele, "because of who has worn them. Instead of keeping them locked up in the safe, we have these jewels on the most beautiful and talented women in the world." Take Helen Mirren, for example, who transformed a 30-carat diamond snowflake pendant (above) into a brooch when she needed to pin her dress. The collection also includes a necklace of tsavorites and diamonds inspired by an exotic forest, 23 pink opal beads wrapped in diamonds and pink sapphires, a bracelet loaded with 200 carats of emeralds, and a watch of pink sapphires whose face is studded with 588 diamonds. "Our aim," says Gruosi-Scheufele, "is to make people dream." For details, call 800-246-7273.