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Thursday, 07 May 2015 10:50

Marion Cotillard designs for the Green Carpet Collection

We are thrilled to announce a new milestone in our Journey to Sustainable Luxury. Marion Cotillard, the French Actress has designed a special creation for the Green Carpet capsule collection that will be presented at the forthcoming Cannes Film Festival.

This creation introduces a new material to the Green Carpet Collection in the form of traceable and sustainably sourced Australian black opals.

This one-of-a-kind creation is an Art Deco-inspired piece of hand jewellery consisting of a multi-row bracelet made of diamonds and opals connected by a delicate chain also set with opals and diamonds to a ring adorned with a magnificent 8.6cts black opal. Caroline Scheufele and Marion Cotillard are currently working on a second creation, an Art Déco inspired necklace.

In its new Green Carpet collection creations, we have added brilliant depth of colour and iridescence, using lustrous black opals. These unique opals are sourced sustainably from the remote outback of Australia. We are proud to work with the Aurora Gems opal mine, a family-owned business founded in 1962. The Hatcher family at the helm of Aurora manages the mining, polishing and sale of their black opals, without any outsourcing whatsoever, thereby guaranteeing total traceability. The small scale mines worked by the Hatcher family are between about 6 and 25 metres underground down a shaft about a metre across. With just a mechanical digger, and a blower for removing the dirt, mining is a slow and delicate process with a lot of the intricate removal of the precious opal completed by hand.

Firmly committed to certain causes, Marion Cotillard has developed an interest in ecology and environmental issues at a very early age. Well before being internationally renowned, she became involved in saving the planet, particularly via the Greenpeace movement, with which she travelled abroad on several occasions in the role of spokesperson. In this context, Marion Cotillard visited the Congo during the summer of 2010 to denounce the exploitation of the primary tropical forest in Africa. In February 2015, she was invited by François Hollande to join the Presidential delegation on a visit to Manila on the theme of global warming.

“You design while thinking of the people who work on extracting the stones, so it’s a totally different energy” Marion Cotillard told WWD.

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