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15 July 2019
In its jewelry collection “Le Paris Russe de Chanel”, Chanel has chosen yellows and whites to evoke summer wheat, one of its main themes. Composed mainly of two shades of gold, diamonds and sapphires, this two-tone harmony suffuses all the collections launched last July.
09 July 2019
In their latest high jewelry collections, Cartier and Boucheron showcase a necklace shape reminiscent of those of Queen Nefertiti or Princess Sithathoryunet displayed in the Ancient Egypt Department of the MET. The very wide choker form enables the creation of sumptuous mosaics, patterns or even solid colors in pearls and stones. Y-shaped necklaces and chokers could see their popularity wane…
03 July 2019
Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s artistic director, showcases his entire world in this collection, which presents a mix of Baroque, Rococo and Georgian pieces. There are Cupid’s arrows set in tremblants, crucifixes or a fantastic bestiary. The ensemble, colored with pink topazes, aquamarines, green tourmalines or mandarin garnets, is however less creative and original than his fashioncollections. This collection (to be discovered in the new boutique on Place Vendôme) could further boost the extraordinary growth (+37% in 2018) of the millennials’ favorite brand.
24 June 2019
This is the price in US dollars fetched by the magnificent Mellerio peacock brooch at the “Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence” sale of the Al Thani collection at Christie’s on June 19, 2019. This enamel jewel has no exceptional stones: none of the 1,742 diamonds exceeds 0.01 carat. Broken down into its individual components, it would hardly be worth a thing – it’s all about the sophistication of the composition. The Mellerio craftsmen have restored the grace of the tail ready to unfurl into a wheel, the flamboyance of the plumage and the delicacy of the eye-spots. Such is the price of French excellence.
12 June 2019
The new Louis Vuitton collection of jewelry by Virgil Abloh should trigger a wave of hysteria among millennials… like everything the company’s artistic director for men’s collections. This king of luxury streetwear, a fan of multiculturalism, brings us a new twist on the Cuban chain already a feature of this summer’s bags. The large links adopt the look of hip hop culture: colored in orange or blue enamel, available in palladium, set with multicoloured crystals, in white ceramic printed with the letters LV, they make for a unique and electrifying mix and match.
05 June 2019
Animals are our mirrors, the reflection of our souls. Since Aesop and Jean de La Fontaine, cats, dogs, foxes, monkeys, storks and storks have denounced human greed, injustice, and desire for domination and the ruses we can use to defend ourselves against it. Here are some examples illustrated by figurative jewelry by Buccellati, Cartier or Van Cleef & Arpels: “like cats and dogs”, “the elephant giving birth to a mouse”, “The Fox and the Stork” by La Fontaine or “Tigers and Dragons” by Ang Lee.
19 May 2019
The elephant, which in its wild state may well have disappeared from the planet in twenty years’ time, is a great favorite with jewelers, who impart grace to the pachyderm’s unprepossessing physique, excessively long trunk and impressively huge ears. The most spectacular pieces include a head in agate and titanium by JAR (Joel Arthur Rosenthal), belonging to the Al Thani collection. Those interested take note: along with some 400 other pieces from this collection, it will be up for sale on 19 June, with Christie’s New York.
05 May 2019
To support Sauvade, the French designer Pascale Monvoisin has created a pretty ring with a gold plaque on which a message can be engraved. “This association takes in abandoned cats and dogs in Reunion Island where there is no sterilization policy. Animals are often mistreated, puppies are still used as bait for fishing,” says Pascale Monvoisin. The animals are then repatriated to Paris for adoption. Of the €290 paid for each ring, 50 are donated to this association madeup entirely of volunteers. Essential if you’re looking for a pet.
01 May 2019
This ring in the form of a magnificent snake set with diamonds has a secret mechanism. When you press it, a stem appears with a ring – into which you can pop a cigarette. Developed and patented by Lebanese jeweler Tabbah for one of his customers, this ring is a reinterpretation of the traditional cigarette-holder invented to prevent contact between the fingers and nicotine. Today, only elegant, liberated women would make use of this feature.
16 April 2019
Precious stones are not only used in jewelry. The Compagnie Française de l’Orient et de la Chine proposes four hardstone “Taje” bowls hand-carved in India, in amethyst, agate and onyx. On the bowls, here veins, cracks, fissures and meandering lines appear, forming imaginary landscapes or “natural paintings”, to quote Roger Caillois (see “La lecture des pierres” – “Reading stones”).
50 euros the “Taje” bowl – Diameter : 13.5 cm
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