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We Went Inside Coco Chanel's Jewelry Box (& It's Actually For Sale!)

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    Dear Chanel Suit: We're bringing you back down to earth! Since you're constantly flagged as "foundational basis" to modern fashion, we kind of just assumed you to be the burning star in your creator's creative repertoire. But now, we're pegging "1932" (the 80th anniversary revival and revamp of Coco's fine jewelry collection, "Bijoux de Diamants") as Coco's personal brightest. Call us suckers for settings, but these diamond designs beam her signature balancing act — between cutting-edge creativity and emphatic elegance — at full intensity.

    Ok, we'll admit to the pun meteor shower –– we trust you got the memo, but if you didn't, here it is: For "Bijoux de Diamants," legend has it that Ms. Chanel peered up from the electrified lights limning pre-war Paris and found her source of inspiration: the stars! And, from a designer that always championed the fashion wearer (and always lamented the temporality of fashion itself), we're certainly not surprised that she saw the light from billion year old, self-luminous celestial bodies. That's a metaphor match made in heaven, literally! Luckily, "1932" doesn't miss a bit of Coco's original cosmic beat. We got exclusive, archival pics courtesy of Coco Chanel's vault, and paired 80-year-old jewels with some of Coco's fabulous quotes. How bright is that?

    Click through and sneak a peek at the old and new, paired with Coco-isms that explain it all!
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