This wasn’t going to be just another visit to a jewellery workshop, of that I was certain. And sure enough, as I moved through the dozens of jewellers and craftsmen working feverishly to complete the Chopard collection to be presented in less than a month during the Cannes Film Festival, there she was: Julianne Moore, admiring a necklace, as yet unfinished, that she would be wearing on the Cannes red carpet.
“It’s my first time in Geneva and at Chopard’s workshop and it’s pretty exhilarating,” the Hollywood star says amid the frenzied atmosphere of the atelier.
“We tend to forget that before they become these breathtaking pieces of jewellery, dozens of brilliant people—artisans, jewellers, gem-setters—spend days on end to create and perfect them. And actually meeting and watching them at work has given me a wonderful and holistic way of looking at a piece of jewellery.”
A woman with a voice
The Academy Award-winning actress, however, wasn’t there just to admire jewellery. Known for her political activism and being a strong advocate for gay rights, gun control and planned parenthood, Moore was adding champion of sustainable luxury to her CV.
In March at Baselworld, Moore joined Chopard co-presidents Caroline and Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, and Livia Firth, founder and creative director of sustainability and communications consultancy Eco-Age, on stage for the announcement that from July this year, the brand would use only gold from ethical sources in its jewellery and watches.