A Pendant That Channels Flower Power and ‘Mamma Mia!’

The sparkling peace sign from Chopard is adorned with a bouquet of gemstones.

Article by Nancy Hass

Chopard Peace Sign Pendant_1Chopard Red Carpet Collection necklace, price on request. Photography by Lelanie Foster.

The peace sign is among the most recognisable symbols of the late 20th century, embodying anti-Vietnam War fervour, as well as trippy pop psychedelia. Created in 1958 by the British designer Gerald Holtom to promote nuclear disarmament — the downward three-pronged fork represents the semaphore signals for the letters “N” and “D” — it became synonymous in the ensuing decades with a certain boho bonhomie. To celebrate Chopard’s 25th anniversary of working with the Cannes Film Festival (the Swiss high jewellery house designs the Palme d’Or every year), Caroline Scheufele, the brand’s co-president and artistic director, produced the latest iteration of her annual Red Carpet Collection with movies in mind. Channeling the spirit of one of her favourites, “Mamma Mia!,” Scheufele brings a sparkly brio to the ultimate hippie accoutrement, decorating a three-inch titanium-and-white gold pendant with a multihued bouquet of stones, including daisies and dahlias made from apricot-tinged spessartites, fuchsia rubellites, midnight blue sapphires and Kelly green tsavorites. Amid the blossoms, Scheufele has also hidden some jewelled musical notes — the perfect harmony of peace, love and flower power.