Intended to all jewellery lovers, these short City Guides will take you around distinguishing destinations that will ravish all travellers looking for well-kept adresses and useful tips.
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- Place Vendôme
- Iconic Brands
- Concept stores
1. PLACE VENDÔME
The biggest names and the most exclusive jewelery workshops can be found around the Place Vendôme and along the Rue de Castiglione and Rue de la Paix: it is the beating heart of jewellery.
Historically, the first one to have established in the district is Mellerio dits Mellers in 1809. But it is Rue de la Paix. At the time, the jewellers are not yet on the Place and prefer the Quai des Orfevres (literally “Quay of Goldsmiths”) or the Ile de la Cité.
What changes everything is the creation of the Opéra de Paris in 1875 and the opening of the Ritz in 1897. Now the place stands out as a hotspot for Parisian luxury,with fine hotels, shopping and evenings spent at the opera. A few years later, it’s Frédéric Boucheron that installs himself at 26 Place Vendôme in 1893. His clients are staying at the Ritz and only have to cross the street to find his creations. Therefore, Boucheron is the first jeweler of the Place Vendôme, and located at “the best spot” with its views on both the column and the Tuileries Gardens. In the twentieth century, almost all the great names in jewellery follow Boucheron and settle around the Place upon availability.
2. ICONIC JEWELLERS
No need to introduce them anymore, they are:
Van Cleef & Arpels http://www.vancleefarpels.com
Mellerio dits Mellers http://www.mellerio.fr
Dinh Van http://www.dinhvan.com
Chanel Joaillerie http://www.chanel.com
Dior Joaillerie http://www.dior.com
JAR – Since 1977, Joel Arthur Rosenthal (JAR ), jewellery virtuoso, remains invisible, does not grant any interview and works in secret for a very happy few that would give anything for his creations.
7 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris – 01 42 96 33 66
Lorenz Baumer – After having started at Chanel in the 1980s, Lorenz Baumer started his own brand in 2007. In 2009 he is the one who created Louis Vuitton first High Jewellery collection. In 2011, he realized a jewellery brooch for the royal wedding of Charlène with Albert of Monaco .
19 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris – www.lorenzbaumer.com
Lydia Courteille – Collector, gemmologist and traveller, but at heart an antique jewellery dealer, Lydia Courteille started to create more than ten years ago, conjuring up more than thirty collections where mysterious symbols, archaeology from the distant past, flora and fauna are all part of her intoxicating mix.
231 rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris – http://www.lydiacourteille.com
Morphee Joaillerie – Pamela Hastry is a high jewellery Dream Maker specialised in poetry and bespoke jewellery.
27 Avenue de L’Opéra, 75001 Paris – http://www.morphee-joaillerie.com
Garnazelle – Inspired by animal painters from the past two centuries and using nature and dreams as a compass, Céline Rivet imagines a different story for each gemstones and carve them into precious creatures in her workshop on Rue du Marché Saint Honoré in Paris.
3, rue du Marché St Honoré, 75001 Paris – http://www.garnazelle.com
Sylvie Corbelin – This antique dealer and gemologist with a poetic and unconventional style combines fine gold, blackened silver, cabochons, baroque pearls and old cut diamonds to create jewels or rework antique pieces.
Marché Paulbert Allée 7. 110 rue des Rosiers 93400 Saint-Ouen – www.sylvie-corbelin.com
Marie-Hélène de Taillac – Her passion for colors and fascination with jewels and travel have pushed Marie-Hélène de Taillac to create her very own style with colourful gemstones in bold arrangements.
8, rue de Tournon, 75006 Paris – http://www.mariehelenedetaillac.com
4. CONCEPT STORES
Very selective concept stores with designer jewellery :
Exclusif: White Bird – http://www.whitebirdjewellery.com
Trendy : Colette – http://www.colette.fr
Luxe : Montaigne Market – http://www.montaignemarket.com
Solidaire : Merci – www.merci-merci.com
Le petit dernier : Mad Lords – http://www.madlords.com
The essential address list to hunt for pretty vintage or antique jewels:
Casoar – 15 rue Boissy d’Anglas, 75008 Paris
Lydia Courteille – 231 rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris
Au Vase de Delft – 2 Rue du Marché Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris
Faubourg Saint-Germain – http://www.faubourgsaintgermain.com
Marguerite de Valois – 8 rue des Saussaies, 75008 Paris
Karry’O, 416 rue Saint-Honoré 75001 Paris
N15, Place du Marché Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris
The museum of Décorative Arts in Paris has a large collection of contemporary jewellery.
Les Arts Décoratifs : 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris – www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr
The Biennale des Antiquaires et de la Haute Joaillerie is the most anticipated event in the world of jewellery and arts. The greatest jewelers of the world gather up there. Unique designs, antique jewelry, technical prowess … Nothing seems too good for this dazzling ephemeral exhibition.
Every two years in September at the Grand Palais – Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris
L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels is the first school to shed the light on the hidden worlds of jewellery and watchmaking to the public.
22 place Vendôme, 75001 Paris – http://www.lecolevancleefarpels.com
The DIY (Do It Yourself) enthusiasts will find ropes of pearls, gemstones and clasps at Lapidorite.
109 Rue du Temple, 75003 Paris – http://www.lapidorite.com