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MY PRECIOUS: There’s been a lot of buzz about the costumes for the soon-to-be-released Joe Wright-helmed adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy classic, “Anna Karenina,” which were made by Oscar-nominated designer Jacqueline Durran. But what about the impressive baubles? For the film’s female lead, Keira Knightley, the jewelry — created by Chanel Joaillerie — proved just as important as the frocks for getting into character. “Seeing as vanity is one of [Karenina’s] main personality traits, the symbolic opulence of the pieces nourished that,” stated the actress, who in the film got to parade a number of precious stunners by the house, including a pearl sautoir and a diamond necklace with a camellia motif.
As with the costumes, Wright liked the idea of using anachronistic jewelry from another era, helping set the character apart from her entourage. Other films that have featured Chanel Joaillerie pieces include “Gosford Park” and “Vanity Fair.”
This story first appeared in the July 20, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.