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    Louis Vuitton reveals stunning high jewellery collection: “Awakened Hands, Awakened Minds”

    Mahak Saxena

    Including over 220 unique pieces inspired by 19th-century French artistry

    In a bold move that redefines its presence in the world of high jewellery, Louis Vuitton has launched its most ambitious collection yet, "Awakened Hands, Awakened Minds." Francesca Amfitheatrof, the house's Artistic Director for Watches and Jewellery, draws inspiration from 19th century France, a period of cultural and technological transformation. This era, often referred to as the Belle Époque, witnessed Paris blossoming into a global centre of art, design, and innovation.

    Amfitheatrof translates this spirit of invention and artistry into a collection of 220 unique pieces, spread across 13 distinct themes. Each theme delves into a specific facet of 19th-century Parisian life, from the artistry of textile and passementerie to rapid industrialisation and scientific breakthroughs. This is reflected in the collection’s design language, with grand floral motifs inspired by royal palaces and bold geometric shapes mirroring the Eiffel Tower's iconic latticework. “The design language of Awakened Hands, Awakened Minds reflects that – all its intricacies, complications and innovations – turned into incredible jewels,” explains Francesca Amfitheatrof.

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    The "Splendeur" theme steals the show with a breathtaking necklace. This dazzling tribute to lacework features Louis Vuitton's signature Monogram Flower, which sparkles with 52 rubies. Delicate goldwork weaves around the flower, echoing the intricate patterns of the fabric.

    Amfitheatrof also pushes boundaries with the use of rare and ethically sourced stones. Case in point, the collection features a record-breaking 56.23-carat brown-pink diamond, named the "Cœur de Paris that is framed by Kashmir sapphires which are renowned for their velvety depth of colour. It anchors the collection with its unique beauty.

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    More than just stunning gemstones, "Awakened Hands, Awakened Minds" celebrates time-honoured artistry and innovation. Louis Vuitton's skilled craftspeople bring Francesca Amfitheatrof's vision to life in every creation, a testament to the brand's growing strength in the world of high jewellery. “Awakened Hands, Awakened Minds tells a story that’s very close to who we are,” says Amfitheatrof. “By showing this mixture of craftsmanship, engineering, invention and bravery – we are really talking about Louis Vuitton. This Collection signifies everything true to the Maison, true to French luxury, true to Art de Vivre – and we couldn’t celebrate in a better way.” 

    The first 100 pieces of the collection were unveiled in Saint-Tropez, with subsequent showcases planned for Asia and the United States. With its sheer scale, historical inspiration, and commitment to innovation, "Awakened Hands, Awakened Minds" sets a new benchmark in the luxury jewellery industry.

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