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GEMGENEVE, the new exhibition dedicated to Jewelry

What is GEMGENEVE? The name has been circulating on social networks for a few weeks #GemGeneve, everybody is asking: “Have you been to GemGeneve? Everyone wants to know what is behind this word game. The first edition of GemGeneve took place from May 10th to 13th in Geneva in the Palexpo. A new wind blew on the secret world of gemstones and jewelry, a desire to share and highlight this universe with a modern and elegant fair that respects the intimate codes of the Jewelry sector. Thomas Faerber and Roni Totah are the founders; two great collectors and gem dealers in colored stones, diamonds, old and historical jewels. Faerber embodies the 4th generation of the eponymous company and Totah joined the home of Teddy Horovitz in the 80s. They combined their talents and knowledge of the sector to create a fair that highlights gemstones, historical jewels and emerging talents. “I had the deep conviction that Europe needed a fair that was not too big, but of the highest quality, which represents our sector.”  Thomas Faerber …

Garnet, the January birthstone

For thousands of years, garnet has been used for jewellery under the name “red gem” or “carbuncle”. Courageous explorers would travel with garnets because of the popular belief that the stone would illuminate at night and protect them from all kinds of demons. Roman brooches dating from the Merovingian period decorated with garnets are exhibited at the Musée des Antiquités Nationales in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. German philosopher Albert Le Grand (1193-1280) named the stone in reference to the colour of the pomegranate fruit. At that time, they are simply polished to preserve the rough stone. In the 18th and 19th century, garnet jewellery became fashionable, mostly the pyrope garnets, named also Bohemian garnets. The garnet is a family of gems comprising many varieties and different colours ranging from bright green (tsavorite garnet) to reddish brown, yellow, orange and even purple. Only blue is not represented. Particularly interesting is the rhodolite garnet which is a variation of the pyrope garnet in a very attractive purplish-red shade. Rhodolite garnet tends to have a lighter shade than all other red …

Green Couture Week

Green Couture Week: a high jewellery week charged in emeralds… This year once more, we were amazed by the High Jewellery presentation week which took place early July, because of the jewels presented and because of the places where the presentations were held. The Place Vendôme not only was covered with a field of wheat for the occasion, it was remarkably beautiful with a profusion of emeralds of all origins. A desire to return to the nature and beauty of the green source of life. Green fields, green jungle, the colour green as a symbol of renewal and protection, a majestic emerald green for Van Cleef & Arpels, a cheerful green for Piaget and its “Sunny Side of Life”, an elegant green at  Boucheron, 26, place Vendôme, wheat field green at Chanel‘s, a graphic green by Alexandre Reza, a floral green for Giampiero Bodino and Chaumet, an animal green for Suzanne Syz, Lydia Courteille and Bulgari, and a cactus green for Cartier… More green to be found at jewellery Maison De Grisogono with a stunning emerald jewellery set, and in particular this pair of titanium …

Amélie Viaene wins the « Paris Grand Prix de la création »

The talent of jewellery designer Amélie Viaene, no longer to be proven, has been furthermore honoured by the City of Paris with a special Prize. The talented Amélie Viaene has been unveiled through her portrait, the opening of her Pop Up store late last year and her selection at the G7 to represent France and Artcrafts. Amélie Viaene, jewellery designer for the past 10 years, has just received the Paris Grand Prix de la Création for Artistic Craft. “I am delighted with the quality of the award winners. Supported by highly qualified personalities, the City of Paris has once again contributed to reveal new talents and I am certain they will be successful” Bruno Julliard, First Deputy to the Mayor of Paris. Following this award, a selection of her jewellery will be exhibited at the Galerie des Ateliers de Paris at 30 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, from 8 February to 18 March 2017. The exhibition “Talents à suivre” is devoted to her work and that of other award winners selected by the City of Paris. …

Clara Jasmine

Strong and fragile at the same time, Clara Jasmine  is a modern, attractive young woman, a « dual » lady who is revealed by her universe and her creations. A subtle mix of ancient and contemporary for unique and fashionable jewels. Selftaught artist, Clara gives a meaning to her creations and proves to be a guardian of French know-how. By engraving ancient lace on her jewellery, lace from France which she has found all across the country, she registers it, immortalizes it and gives it a second life on long lasting materials such as copper, bronze and silver, which she gently covers with 24-carat gold of different tones (pink, yellow…). Recently, she has strated adding a specific finish in aged silver and matte black. Clara Jasmine, with her singular and unmatched style appeals to all women: from the rocker to the romantic, each will find her favourite and her own symbol. She also creates silver jewellery for men, and  body jewellery for women, she isn’t afraid to take-up a challenge. Her wildest dream would be to have …

Harry Winston

My eighth encounter is one of a special and unique type, with a jewellery Maison that fascinates me in particular for the history of its founder, Harry Winston, the « King of diamonds », the diamond hunter, an eye, an innovative, aesthetic and everlasting vision of jewellery focused on enhancing the gem more than anything else. Harry Winston, the king of diamonds Harry Winston entrusted me with one of the most beautiful Winston Cluster pieces for this shooting done once again with my sidekick Nicolas Mingalon. This fabulous bracelet all made of diamonds, and the matching ring, are a marvel for the eyes. We wanted to bring to light these very high jewellery pieces by placing them on a setting of pebbles and water, imagining a Chinese garden where everything is well balanced, zen and peaceful, revealing the beauty of the diamonds and their perfect setting… The first steps of an unexpected spiritual journey, the first glimpse of a dream… The Harry Winston Wonderland is a dream come true, indeed the prestigious Maison represents absolute luxury and the …

Chopard

Jewellery Maison Chopard accepted this interview, the 5th from my series of jewellery Maison encounters, and it was an honour for me. Passion for excellence added to over 150 years of creation, accomplished craftsmanship and technical audacity have made of the Swiss Maison a reference in jewellery. I fell in love with these rings from the « Temptations » collection, pop and colourful, set with pear-cut center stones. Displaying them on a bed of sugar-coated almonds appeared to me as something obvious: a noble and delicate temptation, a delicacy which is also a symbol for festive, important life moments. Seductive rings celebrating love, impossible to resist… Engagement rings, eternity rings, and perfect also just for a night out… I’ve been observing these pieces very closely, the central stones are of exceptional quality. Up-right on the photo, a splendid ring in white gold set with a pear-cut aquamarine of 15,40 carats, two pink sapphires (7,70 carats) and 115 diamonds (1,89 carats). On the left, a ring in white gold set with a pear-cut Imperial Topaze of 15,23 carats, …

Chanel

My fourth episode depicts the  Maison CHANEL and a quite exceptionnal piece from the latest collection named « Café Society »: the necklace « Morning in Vendôme » made of white gold, sculpted onyx, yellow diamonds and white diamonds and a magnificent 12 carat yellow diamond, showcased at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées last week. I had an instant crush for this majestic necklace and its graphic shape. The picture taken, as a result, had to respect the  CHANEL colours – black and white – with a hint of gold to bring out the diamonds’ hue but also to recall the fabric effects proper to the Art Deco movement that developed until the Modernist period. Inspired and inspiring, « café society » is the name given to a period of time running from the 1920s to the 1960s, characterized by a renewal in aesthetics and intellect, a search for BEAUTY, a different and innovative artwork viewpoint. It is also a turning point, a change in society and a swing in the way of thinking. Barriers collapse between aristocrats, bourgeois, socialites, artists and intellectuals who socialize …