Delicate double-strand pendant necklaces, featuring intricate quilting patterns, are now part of Chanel’s Coco Crush collection. Available in yellow gold, beige gold and white gold, and all with diamond options, they are the latest items to join Chanel’s quilt-inspired Coco Crush fine jewellery collection.

Quilted motifs, to this day, are still at the heart of the brand’s design. What inspired and ignited Gabrielle Chanel’s love for quilts? And how has the use of this timeless pattern of the brand evolved through time?

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It all started when Chanel, in the early 1900s, spotted the comfortable tactile design when she visited her friend Etienne Balsan, a horse owner and breeder, at a stable. The padded quilting in the saddle clothes and horse blankets then inspired the debut of quilting as a textural contrast for linings, collars and cuffs in 1920s, and later on, the matelassé dresses as well.

In 1930s, the quilting patterns, in the form of diamond checkerboards, began to appear in collections, and went on to become coveted when the famed 2.55 handbag was launched in 1955.

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Items made later with the quilt design also include frames of sunglasses and eyeshadow palettes.

In 2015, Chanel launched the quilt-inspired fine jewellery collection Coco Crush, consisting of rings, bracelets and earrings.

The pendants, released this year, are in yellow, white or beige gold.

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