PARIS — High jewelry is to be included in the official couture schedule from January as the top of the fashion pyramid looks to reinforce its appeal.

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Fine jewelers including Boucheron, Cartier, Chanel Joaillerie, Chaumet, Christian Dior Joaillerie, Mellerio dits Meller and Van Cleef & Arpels are to present their collections by appointment on Jan. 28, the Chambre Syndicale said here Monday.

“It is a logical choice,” said Chambre Syndicale president Didier Grumbach. “Haute joaillerie was lacking a punctual event and haute couture offers the platform and the selective audience needed.”

The couture shows, which run Jan. 25 to 28, will also feature Paris-based Dutch couturier Josephus Thimister, who returns as the Chambre Syndicale’s special guest after a two-year hiatus from the fashion scene. Thimister, who left his role as creative director of Charles Jourdan in 2007, will present a collection during the shows, although a date has yet to be confirmed.

Thimister launched his eponymous ready-to-wear collection in 1997, after serving as creative director of Balenciaga from 1991 to 1997, and showed during the couture schedule in 1998.