For centuries throughout history, jewelry has been worn as an ornament, status symbol, or talisman believed to bring good fortune. As for the latter, luck, fate and amulets have always been part of the Dior house. Christian Dior was known to have himself worn a talisman, a lucky star, which he discovered on the grounds of his childhood home, Granville, on the north coast of France. The star of Dior undoubtedly appears celestial, and like an eight-point compass, it is an emblem intended to guide a in the right direction. The number eight is considered luck in itself, especially in cultures where numerology plays a role in future planning. Others may interpret Dior’s star as a windmill, signifying the winds of change, adventure and travel.
It was in his childhood home that Dior developed his love for gardens, flowers and especially roses, his favorite flower. These floral motifs, as well as his lucky star, nicknamed the compass, or compass rose, fueled his creativity and made repeated appearances in his collections.
Inspired forever by the founder of the house, the artistic director of Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri, appealed to celestial iconography in force for her first collection in 2016, highlighting the many motifs of the zodiac. More recently she haute couture spring 2021 season was a gloriously intensive study of the game of tarot. Victoire de Castellane’s fine jewelry for the house has long echoed Chiuri’s deep dive into the stars and talismans of Dior, using the sun, moon and stars as cohesive themes. More recently, de Castellane launched the Rose des Vents collection, aiming to showcase the lucky star through various precious stones and metals, each channeling its own spiritual energy to the wearer.
Stack and layer these Compass Rose talismans however you like and take into account their energetic lessons and gifts while doing so. Opt for one of the mother-of-pearl pieces from the collection if you are Gemini, Virgo or Cancer. Mother of pearl is a symbol of craftsmanship, and The Magician, the ultimate creator and orchestrator of the tarot deck, is ruled by Gemini. The oceanic quality of the pearl is suitable for Cancers, known for their sensitivity. The stone is also a symbol of femininity and gentleness, which makes it ideal for Cancer and Virgo, the most maternal and feminine signs of the zodiac.
Keep your card in mind and consider the energy that your lucky symbol manifests for you. The tiger eye, a symbol of courage and integrity, would suit the confident and courageous inclinations of a Lion. Diamonds (although they are suitable for everyone) are ideal for an Aries, symbolizing clarity and strength. Turn to turquoise if you are a Sagittarius seeking wisdom (personified by the centaur); It is said that turquoise brings balance and wisdom to those who wear it.
For those who are not looking to match their talisman directly to their stars, you can choose according to your desires: the rich emerald hue of malachite symbolizes success; black onyx is said to bring positivity; and lapis lazuli invites serenity and friendship into life. De Castellane’s favorite stone, pink opal, symbolizes love and protection.
Superimposing one good fortune on another can only amplify the influence of each. The pieces of the Rose de Vents collection are designed to be worn in groups, whether as layered necklaces, stackable rings or a selection of bracelets.
No matter how you wear the collection, the Lucky Star is a reminder of Dior’s enduring spirit of adventure (whether you follow its compass-shaped design or the cosmos itself). Rightfully so, the versatility of the pieces makes them ideal for travel – they pair just as easily with jeans as they do with evening dresses. And their quality of talisman challenges the jewelry lover to follow their destiny, drawing on the joie de vivre that Dior represented and that Chiuri and de Castellane still emphasize today.
Unlike an evil eye, meant to ward off evil spirits, consider these coins to be your lifelong good luck charms, meant to guide you in the right direction – toward your destiny – in style.
All Dior clothing. Artistic direction by Sonja Georgevich; Fashion Direction by Lauren Ingram; Styling by Cassie Anderson; Styling Assistance by Laynie Rouch; Hair by Eric Williams; Make-up by Laura Stiassni; Video by Steven Mastorelli; Production by Kevin Kushner.