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The Palme d'Or in its current form was redesigned in 1988 to make it more voluminous and precious. The ridges of the stem and the leaves have been enhanced and the base of the reed is bevelled in the form of a heart. © AFP / Chopard
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Its 18-cm stem and its 19 regulation leaves are sculpted one by one in a block of blue jewellery wax and then assembled. © Fabrice Coffrini / AFP
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The wax palm is then placed in a well, where it is totally covered with liquid plaster. The plaster hardens in a kiln heated to 760ºC and the wax melts, creating a negative form. © Chopard
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Molten liquid gold dust is poured into the cast obtained. THe gold used is 18-carat, made up of 75% pure gold and 25% silver, making it easier to handle. © AV Productions
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Since 2014, the Palme has been manufactured using 'Fairmined' gold with a 'fair trade' certificate. It is produced by Columbian gold miners in La Llanada, a little town to the north of the Andes. © Fabrice Coffrini / AFP
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After several cleaning baths, the Palme is polished with a blowtorch. © Fabrice Coffrini / AFP
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Using a series of grinding torches and ever thinner sandpaper, the jeweller works the material to bring out its full lustre and all the brilliance of gold jewellery. © Fabrice Coffrini / AFP
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A rock crystal weighing nearly 3 kilos is sawn, cut and polished. As nature never produces two identical crystals, each one is unique, making every trophy distinct from its predecessors. © RR
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The Palme is affixed to its crystal cushion, which is sculpted to look like an emerald-cut diamond. © Chopard - FDC
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The trophy is then placed in a case of royal blue Moroccan leather. In 2011, after Lars von Trier dropped the Palme while brandishing it a little too enthusiastically, a safety mechanism was added to the case to secure the Palme in place. © Fabrice Coffrini
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The Palme is now ready. It leaves the Swiss workshop for the Croisette, where it is held in a secret place before being awarded to the winner during the ceremony. © AFP
Institutional 22.03.17 . 11:47

The Palme d'or: Secrets in the making

On 28th May, on stage at the Grand Théâtre Lumière, the Palme d'or will be awarded to the best film of the 2017 Official Selection following the decision of Pedro Almodovar's Jury.

But how is the coveted trophy made in the weeks leading up to its departure for Cannes?

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