Cake isn’t quite enough nourishment for the couture crowd, so consider fine jewelry the cherry on top. Parallel to the runway shows in Paris this week is a host of diamond-studded presentations, culminating in the Boucheron bash that will be held on the Place Vendôme tonight.

Chanel started things on Monday in spectacular style, showcasing 150 exceptional pieces with a total of 3,500 carats of precious stones. The group, dubbed the Private Collection, includes styles created by Gabrielle Chanel herself in 1932 and new interpretations of the house’s signature motifs such as the camellia, comet, star, sun and moon. Prices start at about $40,000 for a ring, and run up to about $1.85 million for a cascading diamond necklace studded with a big Burmese ruby, and the necklaces are all one-of-a-kind. The jewels, collected in black leather cases, will travel the world to be shown to clients, with new styles added along the way. Up for grabs are an extraordinary camellia-shaped bracelet of 2,352 diamonds that magically changes shape, and a bracelet of dark “peacock” pearls, with glints of blue and red.

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