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Exclusive: How Chopard Created a Palme d’Or Trophy Studded With 100 Diamonds for Cannes Film Festival 2022


Photo: Courtesy Chopard

In honor of the the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of Chopard’s partnership with the event, the Swiss jeweler has put together a stunning new trophy for the annual event. The celebratory piece will see the Palme d’or rendered in gold, featuring two diamond-studded leaves, placed atop a rose quartz base.

Photo: Courtesy of Chopard

While one of the leaves will be studded with 75 diamonds, signifying the festival’s jubilee, and the other will be embedded with 25 diamonds, to signify 25 years of a committed relationship between Chopard and Cannes Film Festival. An appreciation of two in one, The Fairmined-certified 18-carat yellow gold Palme will not be placed on the traditional rock crystal cushion, but instead on a base made of rose quartz which alludes to the Greek mythology symbol of love.

The love story between Cannes Film Festival and Chopard began in 1997, when artistic director and co-president of Chopard, Caroline Scheufele left carrying a Palme d’Or to be reinvented after a meeting with then Festival President Pierre Viot. This gesture of appreciation from the maison highlights the theme chosen to celebrate the theme “Chopard Loves Cinema.”

Photo: Courtesy of Chopard

The Palme has been long used to honor the anniversaries of Cannes Film Festival. For the 70th anniversary, the iconic motif was seen filled with diamonds, and back in 2014, it was made for the very first time using Fairmined-certified ethical gold, making it the world’s first and only ethical film trophy. The trophy also held significance that year when Julia Ducournau became the first female director to receive a Palmefor her feature film titled Titane.

Below, see how Chopard’s sparkling new Palme d’Or trophy came to be for the 75th Cannes Film Festival.

Photo: Courtesy Chopard

Photo: Courtesy Chopard

Fixing the wax Palme in the plaster mold. Photo: Courtesy Chopard

Pouring the Fairmined gold in the mold. Photo: Courtesy Chopard

The Palme after heating. Photo: Courtesy Chopard

Reworking the shape of the Palme. Photo: Courtesy Chopard

The result after rounds of flame and regular polishing. Photo: Courtesy Chopard

Setting the 100 diamonds into the Palme. Photo: Courtesy of Chopard

The final ressult, noe ready to be mounted onto a slab of rose quartz. Photo: Courtesy Chopard

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