PARIS — High jewelry and haute couture go hand in hand this season. At least that was the message from Boucheron and Chanel, as both houses presented spectacular new baubles here this week.

At Chanel, French artist Xavier Veilhan designed an exhibit of the Elements Celeste collection, which was inspired by the solar system. Veilhan, who's known for his work with light, installed an abstract blinking light machine and placed some jewels on moving discs on what resembled an air-hockey table. Among Chanel's jaw-dropping pieces were a bracelet made of 2,249 diamonds symbolizing the cosmos, and a globe necklace of 352 diamonds with a pearl suspended inside.

Over at Boucheron, the nine-set collection, which includes earrings, brooches, necklaces and bracelets, was introduced in the house's newly remodeled salons on the Place Vendôme. The Troubled Desire collection was inspired by Asia, which translated into an elaborate emerald, sapphire and diamond snake necklace; a garnet, amethyst, ruby and diamond necklace of cascading discs, and another fashioned like a feather, replete with a 40-carat sapphire.

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