Inspirational Living: The Spirit of the Rose | Where Diamonds Meet Dance and Fashion

Ahead of our sale of the ‘The Spirit of the Rose’ in Geneva in November 2020, we asked former Vogue editor and founder of 'CR Fashion Book', Carine Roitfeld, to style a modern day performance of the classic ballet ‘Le Spectre de la Rose’ after which the exceptionally rare Purple-Pink 14.83 carat diamond takes its name. In this webinar, you can watch the performance and hear Carine Roitfeld in conversation with Tamara Rojo of the English National Ballet, dance writer Ismene Brown and our Head of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels, Benoit Repellin. Together they explore the story of the original Russian ballet, which revolutionised 20th century art, theatre and fashion. In Parnership with Intelligence Squared.

Meet the Panel

Carine Roitfeld

Carine Roitfield is a French fashion editor, former fashion model and writer. She is the former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris, a position she held from 2001 to 2011. In 2012, she became founder and editor-in-chief of CR Fashion Book, a bi-annual print magazine headquartered in New York City. Roitfeld has become as famous in the fashion world as the designers she championed and supported throughout her career in publishing, and this innate passion and ability to identify exceptional talent in designers and creatives have led to her status as one of fashion's most iconic figures.

Tamara Rojo

Tamara Rojo CBE is Artistic Director and Lead Principal at English National Ballet. She was previously a principal dancer with The Royal Ballet. Rojo gained international recognition for her outstanding technique, inspired interpretations, captivating acting skills, and brilliant artistry in a wide spectrum of classical and contemporary roles. She has danced in many classical ballets, as well as more contemporary interpretations, including Le Corsaire, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Akram Khan's critically acclaimed Giselle. She brings unique dancer's insight in to the discussion around The Spirit of the Rose.

Benoit Repellin

Benoit Repellin joined Sotheby's Geneva Jewelry department in 2012. He holds two Bachelor's degrees in History and History of Art, a Master's degree in History and History of Art and a law degree from the University of Lyon, France. A Graduate Gemmologist at the Gemological Institute of America, Benoit travels throughout the world sourcing jewelry consignments, developing client relationships and providing sale support.

His passion for the jewels and the provenance with his historic studies led him to conduct research and on historic and noble jewels, and to consign aristocratic collections or signed pieces by the most renowned jewelers. In 2018 Benoit was involved in the exceptional and historic sale of the Royal Jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family, including pieces previously owned by Queen Marie-Antoinette, and set a new auction record for a sale of historic jewels with a total of CHF 53.5 million.

And also joining the panel as special guest...

Ismene Brown

Ismene Brown designed and launched the original version of The Arts Desk, and was the site co-ordinator and a board director for three years, as well as its dance editor. She has been dance critic for the Daily Telegraph and the Spectator, and is currently doing doctoral research in Soviet cultural history at Oxford University. As well as her expertise on the Ballet Russes, Brown is a trained musician, and has also written for TAD on classical music, theatre, TV and film.