Opening Gala at the Paris Opera & Ballet
It marks the start of the season, gathers all the artists of the Paris Opera & Ballet – the Ballet, the Ballet School and the Orchestra – under the leadership of Benjamin Millepied. Each year, it sets the tone and heralds new developments and nominations, tracing a path to the stellar rank of étoile dancers.
“It” is the Opening Gala at the Paris Opera & Ballet, with which de GRISOGONO associated to introduce a collection presenting its most iconic creations united under the evocative name OPERA.
de GRISOGONO & Paris Opera & Ballet
Given their similarities, these two arts – de GRISOGONO jewellery-making and classical dance at the Paris Opera & Ballet – were clearly destined to meet. To celebrate that which unites them, de GRISOGONO has selected from amongst its own étoiles the creations most emblematic of its success to form a collection it has titled OPERA.
The path from the rough, unhewn stone to the finished gem sparkling at the heart of a ring or necklace is all about time, abnegation and passion. One does not become an étoile or a gem overnight. Like a ballet director who develops a precocious sixth sense of which talents are destined to become étoiles, Fawaz Gruosi follows his instinct, which guides him towards a stone, a composition. This instinctive aesthete and designer is engaged in a perpetual quest for beauty and excellence. Stones play a key role in his creative approach. He works on a love-at-first-sight basis and always returns from his travels with stones in his luggage. He loves their colours, their subtle nuances and their contrasts. He loves the variations and infinite creative possibilities they offer him.
Just as the étoile dancers of the Paris Opera & Ballet are officially named on-stage, the stones adorning de GRISOGONO creations become stars when they are mounted and worn – a process that takes time. Over the months, the stones metamorphose into living, vibrant pieces of jewellery. Within them, they bear the spirit of their creator, the soul of their craftsman and the body of their sculpted material. They will have required every ounce of the experience, patience and expertise of master jewellers to overcome the limits and obstacles encountered during their creation. The sometimes complex and long-running process always triumphs in the end, even if it may entail taking the work apart several times, removing the stones and remelting the metal.