Christian Dior is famously quoted as saying, “After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world.” For the fifty plus years he was alive, he spent all his time and energy making women look and feel their most beautiful.

The fashion house he started in the mid-century has grown and expanded so much it is now a household fashion name the world over. You can’t sit through one award ceremony or fashion week event without hearing his name mentioned a handful or more times.

However, his fashion line extends beyond his famed haute couture gowns. The Dior name is also responsible for a wealth of jaw-droppingly beautiful jewelry. In honor of what would have been Christian Dior’s 111th birthday, here’s a glimpse of our favorite diamond jewelry from his esteemed collection.

The “1947” by Christian Dior

Although this staggeringly lovely choker necklace is regarded as “costume jewelry”, the “1947” pays homage to the first year Monsieur Christian Dior founded his legendary Paris fashion house. We love the way the nude leather strap gives the illusion that the colored gem is hovering weightlessly between the neck and shoulders.

Archi Dior Rose Gold Diamond

Continuing along the journey of “dresses to jewels”, the house of Dior recently revealed this rose gold marvel from the ‘Archi Dior’ collection. Lead by Victoire de Castellane, this rose gold diamond ring design would make a unique vintage-inspired engagement ring or perfectly showy statement piece!

Noué Emerald and Channel Set Diamond Necklace

Dior made known his love of colored gems when he said that, “Colour is what gives jewels their worth. They light up and enhance the face. Nothing is more elegant than a black skirt and sweater worn with a sparkling multi-stoned necklace.” We know he’d be beaming proud of this ‘Noué’ emerald and channel set diamond necklace created by his posterity at the Dior fashion house.

The Volant Émeraude

When it comes to colored gemstone rings, no one does it quite like Dior. Take the ‘Volant Émeraude’ for example. This impressive piece from the ‘Soie Dior’ collection features a unique center emerald, which is enhanced by a 360-degree flower-inspired halo and blue diamond accents.

Victoire de Castellane Diamond Necklace

And the ‘Soie Dior’ collection continues to impress with this striking diamond necklace by Victoire de Castellane. Said to capture the “instinctive, ephemeral movement of a golden ribbon”, this white and yellow gold stunner has definitely ‘woven’ its way into our hearts!

The Froncé Diamant Jaune

Not your average diamond tennis bracelet! The ‘Froncé Diamant Jaune’ shines with the brilliance of a summer’s day complete with fancy yellow diamonds cast in classic rose gold. As a statement piece, this beauty would pair well with a simple diamond solitaire or plain gold band to complete the look.

The Reine de Jadelenie

Arguably our most favorite from his collection is the “Reine de Jadelenie”. The highly aesthetic diamond ring features a platinum base, all-over micro pave diamonds and a green scull smoothed and carved from a hunk of green jadeite.

Diamond Wedding Band

A diamond wedding band fit for Dior, this textured gold ring features a row of off set diamonds that descend in size as you go out from the center stone. How wonderful to see it come into being from conception to fruition!

Pleated Chandelier Diamond Earrings

These pleated chandelier diamond earrings are dripping with emeralds and charm. The white gold metal encases a continuous ribbon of diamonds that extend up to the elaborate post at the top. No doubt the perfect complement to any formal look.

White Gold Diamond Ring

With a rock star dad and A-list actress mom, Zoë Kravitz certainly knows a thing or two about luxury. When she stepped out in this white gold diamond ring and matching earrings, she was the epitome of class. We love the way the diamond ‘burst’ motif catches your eye and commands your attention.

Happy Birthday, Dior and thank you for more than half a century of iconic fashion jewelry, clothing and scents!