Modern design with chic Parisian flair
During PFW, all eyes are on fashion in Paris, which made me think about what is happening in the French capital, in terms of jewellery design. The first French jewellery houses that come to mind are, naturally, Cartier, Chaumet, Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels, but there is a new wave of young talented designers creating fabulous pieces that are shaping contemporary jewellery design in France. Here are the six new jewellers you should know:
The Parisian Charlotte Dauphin de La Rochefoucauld launched her concept label from a minimalist atelier in the ultra-chic Place Vendôme. The geometrical lines of her pieces and the striking navy gold she uses have become her trademark. She studied History of Art and explains that her passion for jewellery design began while on an archaeological dig near the Sea of Galilee. It was then that she realised the coins and jewellery they were digging up had exceeded their owner’s lifetime.
The French designer, whom many consider the new JAR, studied at Haute École d’Art et de Design de Genève and learned the craft at the workshops of Van Cleef & Arpels before launching his eponymous brand at the young age of 25. The designer uses aluminium because of its lightweight and flexibility, which allow him to create his unique and colourful pieces with magnificent shell, floral and leaf shapes. His spiral earrings with tsavorites, garnets and yellow and orange sapphires are fabulous!
This young fashion design-graduated worked in her father’s architecture firm before turning into a jewellery designer in 2016. She's just launched her second collection. Von Munster designs beautiful structural pieces with graphic shapes and pure lines that are handmade in Italy.
After ten years at Balenciaga, the French stylist and designer launched her eponymous brand four years ago. Her jewellery pieces are sculptural, with fluid and voluminous shapes that wrap around the fingers, ears, wrists and hands in an organic manner, her multi-hoop earrings and rings seem to defy the laws of gravity.
Arnaud Soulignac and Claire Naa, two designers from Paris, got inspired by a friend who taught them the beauty of the Japanese paper-folding handcraft. The duo decided to create Origami Jewellery in 2008. All the cute origami animals such as rabbits (my favourite), elephants, lions and butterflies, are crafted in France in gold and silver.
Carine Larretgère’s creations are pure Parisian chic. The designer worked ten years at Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs before launching her jewellery label with collections that have simple yet refined lines. The pieces combine polished and satin gold with colourful gemstones, inspired by her time living in South America. Rio de Janeiro’s Christ Redeemer and the Iguazu Falls, for example, become, through her abstract lines, beautiful rings and earrings. Her motto is “a joyful luxury to wear every day”.
Now you have six new reasons to visit Paris ;)