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12 September 2020
Having worked in communications for a number of contemporary jewelery designers, Anne-Lise Delsol launched Caillou. On this site, she sells her selection of antique pieces exclusively from professional dealers. “All those years of walking around antique fairs with my collector father suddenly caught up with me!” Her sharp eye falls mainly on delicate jewelry of charm and finesse, with a beautiful choice of earrings and engagement rings. Other irresistible treasures to be discovered at Caillou include the solo earrings that Anne-Lise Delsol makes from elements adorning tiepins that have fallen into disuse. Spellbinding.
Budget between €250 and €3500.
25 August 2020
The “Jean Vendome Artist Jeweler” exhibition will give rise to several conferences, including one by his son, Thierry. And who better than Thierry, also a jeweler, to talk about him? All the more so as he also worked with his father for 23 years… “He wanted me to work with minerals but I had to break free! I started working with rusty metals, which was a real trend in the 80s, driftwood, pebbles, shells.” Today, Thierry Vendome is back to minerals and above all to opal, which he loves above all else. “It’s true that my work is close to that of my father: he was and remains my master.”
Conversation “L’art de Jean Vendome” (in French only) with Thierry Vendome and François Farges, 5 November 2020 at the National Musum of Natural History
11 August 2020
The door handle at 8 rue de Grenelle, Céline Daoust’s first store in Paris, is in polished jasper with green highlights. It embodies the passion devoted to precious stones by the Belgian designer, who spends six months of the year in Jaipur picking out each of her rock crystals, slice-cut diamonds, moonstones and tourmalines (her favorite stone), including the bi-colored watermelon variety in pink and green. Indian craftspeople then fix them into her delicate settings: multi-medallion necklaces, hand- or eye-shaped pendants, and reversible rings like charming talismans.
03 August 2020
Lise Guitton, the Inouïtoosh’s designer who works with both scarves and jewelry, has dreamed up a large silk square printed with precious stones – amethysts, agate and diamonds – whose washed -out colors evoke a 19th century encyclopedia. Some appear in the rough as crystals still in their gangue, while others are entirely faceted, in oval, cushion and pear cuts. On the fluid silk, depending on whether the scarf is worn rolled, twisted, folded into a point or draped as a sarong, the mineral motifs overlap each other and are repositioned, forming marvelous abstract tableaux.
€155 – 130cm x 130 cm
06 July 2020
I wanted to know more about Dina Level because her name keeps cropping up over and over again in the jewelry world. Conceived like a family album from photos, press clippings, and letters, the book ” Dina à la loupe ” (Dina under the magnifying glass) draws the portrait of an unusual gemmologist, a sparkling petite woman who has never stopped sharing her immense knowledge. In retracing the life of Dina Level from her birth to the 80s, Catherine Aubert (a former student) transports us into the world of stones. We witness the birth of the Laboratoire Française de Gemmologie in the 1920s. We go from her classrooms to the jewelers’ workshops via the rooms of the Cluny museum. We meet characters and luminaries such as Jean Vendome, Roger Caillois and Daniel Alcouffe, director of the department of objets d’art at the Louvre. A fascinating book for beginners and connoisseurs alike.
01 July 2020
What a pleasure it is to discover Monica Rossi’s jewelry at White Bird! I met this Italian designer in the early 2000s when she had a boutique in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Her 19-carat gold, of an infinitely subtle color, is shaped like old lace. Her necklaces are inspired by rosaries. Monica Rossi hunts down miniature elements and has others (like her crocheted bears) made by Italian artisans. She then assembles them into “story necklaces”. Her leitmotif: the engraved secret message placed inside a medallion, a ring or rolled gold leaf. Pure poetry.
09 June 2020
These 19th century encyclopedic plates were hunted out by Marin Montagut, who then painted jaspers, agates, amethysts, etc. in watercolor. They have found an ideal showcase in the brand new Parisian shop of this iconoclastic creator. Video director, movie set designer, illustrator, and travel guide designer, Marin Montagut has created a dreamlike and joyful universe reminiscent of a cabinet of curiosities: scarves with motifs recalling the districts of Paris, cardboard treasure boxes painted by him, collections of antique glassware or bells, etc.
25 May 2020
Dutch designer Sheila Westera breaks away from the traditional claw settings and machine-tooled mounts. In her workshop in the Swiss Alps, she makes her mounts by hand using gold or silver wire that seems to have no end. It slips around the finger and holds the stone like a fine brightly colored ribbon around a packaged gift. It winds itself interminably around raw amethyst crystal, pyrite, lapis lazuli or upcycled objects. Through their total harmony with these elements, her mounts resemble metallic threads of light.
18 May 2020
The new “Mademoiselle Privé de Chanel” watch collection consists of 7 cuffs fastened by a button. It is decorated with a sculpted agate representing the portrait of Gabrielle Chanel, a gold lion’s head, a Byzantine diamond motif or a pearl. The button has always been an essential element in the designer’s vocabulary, omnipresent on tweed jackets, and found at regular intervals on the bottom sleeves and on patch pockets. On these black tweed cuffs with gold or diamond threads, its main function is to conceal a mini dial. Objects of beauty.
13 May 2020
On March 7, I attended a book signing for my children’s book “Coiffes et Parures” (Headdresses and Finery) at Mellerio’s, one of whose turquoise naturalist tiaras features on page 12. The jeweler, which recently celebrated its 400th birthday, excels in the art of this jewel and has created hundreds of pieces for empresses, queens and princesses from Europe’s royal families. On a highly enjoyable sunny afternoon, our young guests colored tiaras and created them in paper, rhinestones and feathers. Mellerio and TFJP also invited them to wear a real diamond tiara, the “Monte Rosa”. A unique experience immortalized by photographer Laetitia Le Gouvello.
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