Tribute to Alexandre Reza

Russian-born jeweller Alexandre Reza, famous for his exceptional stones and his elite clientele, has died in Geneva aged 93. The announcement was made today by his Paris-based company.

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Reza, was born in Soviet Moscow before his family moved to Paris just after the war.

Himself the son of a jeweller, he started his career as a diamond expert, supplying gems to jewelry brands such as Boucheron, Bulgari, Cartier, Chaumet, Harry Winston, and Van Cleef & Arpels. After more than three decades of acquiring and selectively selling fine diamonds, he founded his eponymous jewelry house in 1981 on the Place Vendôme in Paris becoming “probably the top jeweller in the world for the rich, famous and royalty”, as described by The Mirror in 1997.

On a fateful night of that same year, princess Diana was wearing a ring that had been presented on approval by the jeweler to her lover Dodi al-Fayed a few hours before the tragic accident.
Alexandre Reza’s creations are known for their opulence, splendor, extravagance, and extraordinary craftsmanship. According to auction house Sotheby’s, “movement, lightness, composition, and harmony are the key words of his designs.”

Personally, I was always fascinated by the big chunks of emerald that could be seen on the windows of his flagship at Place Vendome.

Homage to 35 years of sparkling creations :

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