Jewelers routes

14 October 2017

The Maison Diamantée, Marseille

Close to the Old Port, just behind the City Hall, lies a house named for its stone façade entirely covered in raised diamond-shaped tips, with four sides meeting in a ridge. This bossage creating play with light and shade is described as “Venetian”, reflecting the rich past of this major trading city open to the East.

 

A mysterious origin

We know nothing about the person who commissioned this façade with its prismatic bossage, or its architect. Considered the oldest house in the city, the Maison Diamantée could have been built in 1570 or the early 17th century, possibly by a Catalan merchant called Pierre Gardiolle.

 

A miraculous survivor

Initially the home of various great families, it was subsequently divided up during the French Revolution. Later, it was saved from ruin in 1914, and escaped the destruction of the old districts ordered by the German authorities in 1943. A house protected by the powers of the most precious gem, it would seem…

 

3, rue de la Prison – 13002 Marseille

Most popular articles

6 reasons to go to the Benaki museum

There’s more to Athens than just the Acropolis! During your visit to the Greek capital, take a few hours to visit the Benaki Museum, a gigantic cabinet of...

Stockholm's treasures

Sweden is not readily associated with jewelry, Lutheran Protestantism being a source of restraint and sobriety. But Stockholm positively groans with treasures.

Frédérique Mattei's necklace store

Her brand-new micro boutique is a showcase for Frédérique Mattei’s oversized necklaces: assemblages of components gathered from all over the world.

The watchmaking wonders of the Beyer Museum

The Beyer Museum, owned by the Beyer family, the largest Swiss watch retailers – boasts a renowned collection of clocks, automatons and watches.

The historical part of the gallery des Bijoux in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris has a collection of over 5,000 necklaces, bracelets, brooches and rings. A thousand of them are presented in two...

The Elsa Vanier Gallery: a must

If you fancy some contemporary jewelry you will never see anywhere else, take a trip to the Elsa Vanier Gallery. A place for those in the know.