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Anna Hu astonishes the Biennale with a Symphonie of Gems

The 2017 edition of the Biennale des Antiquaires has welcomed for the first time the Chinese fine jewellery designer Anna Hu. The artist is inhabited by a strong musical vibration, she dazzled the Biennale des Antiquaires with unique, bucolic and dreamlike creations inspired by the French and Chinese arts and culture. Indeed, after having embraced a career as a musician, she developed her affinity for creating jewelery to our greatest delight. Inspired also by her name which means butterfly in Chinese she delights us with her unique pieces adorned with sublime gems. We have had the pleasure of encountering her in Paris during the Biennale, a strong and colourful lady, she has first and foremost music in her blood. Anna Hu Intrinsically Musical Mrs Hu, could you tell us how did your love story with jewels and precious stones start ? I feel my entire life that it is like fate ! I was born in a gemmology second generation jewelers, my father’s expertise was about diamonds, rubis and sapphires and my mother’s was into pearls. So I …

L’Arche de Noé, by Van Cleef & Arpels

Van Cleef & Arpels reinvents Noah’s Ark with a new fabulous high jewellery collection, « L’Arche de Noé », presented as an exhibition to the public at the prestigious Hôtel d’Evreux, Place Vendôme, until September 26th. After Peau d’Âne, Van Cleef & Arpels plunges into the book of Genesis and reinvents Noah’s Ark with the collaboration of talented set designer Robert Wilson for the launch of a new high  jewellery collection that the Maison wished to share with the Public until September 26th, 2016. Do not miss this exhibition, a pure delight for the eyes. Van Cleef & Arpels has a few surprises in store for you with this collection composed exclusively of animal clips, highlighting the codes and stones dear to the house. A Noah’s Ark which brings to life real and imaginary animals. Such as this unicorn, a wonderful creature represented in the 1940s by the Maison and whose volume is underlined thanks to the Mystery Set™, an emblematic technique patented in 1933 by the Maison to set the stones without the metal being visible. …

« Bejewelled Treasures »: The Al-Thani collection

The much-awaited exhibition “Bejewelled treasures”, the Al Thani collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London cannot fail to impress. The impression, on the contrary, will be to have eyes filled with stars and the palpable emotion of having seen something quite exceptional. A private collection exploring the great themes, from tradition to modernity, in Indian jewellery. The exhibition features over a hundred objects and jewellery pieces from the private collection of Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani. The jewels are organized into six different universes: treasure, court, kunden & enamel, transition period, modernity, contemporary masters. For each, one spectacular piece of jewellery serves as an introduction to the universe. The exhibition welcomes you with a turban ornament dating from 1935. A fabulous piece sparkling like a thousand flames due to the presence of 17 diamonds of unprecedented purity, totaling 152.64ct. This ornament also illustrates the influence of Europe on India by the simple detail of the mount which is made of platinum and not gold as traditionally used in India. In the first part …

BIJORHCA: my interview

  Interview with LIKE A B for BIJORHCA The next edition of the international jewellery show BIJORHCA will take place in Paris from 2 to 5 September 2016. You will find my interview in the official magazine and newsletter Be sure to check out the themes of the free conferences organised by Carine Loeillet throughout the show and don’t miss my friend Nicolas Mingalon for an interesting conference about still life photography for jewellery but also conferences about jewellery history, gemmology or intellectual property. Topics that will apeal to the visitors  as well as the exhibitors. This year BIJORHCA’s website has been updated and so has the organisation of the show itself by testing new sections and highlighting the « Precious Village ». Silver and silver-gilt will be in the spotlight and the Premium area will replace the Cream area with 50 cutting edge exhibitors. Follow the trends for Fall/Winter 2016/17 with Elisabeth Leriche‘s selection of Fashion Trends: I cannot wait to discover these different Trends, such as Pink Lady which features a humorous, chic-looking woman who …

The Cartier exhibition: The style and history

Just like the Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition last year at the Paris Museum of Decorative Arts, Cartier presents its jewels and its know-how in the salons of the Grand Palais with an original scenography by Antoine + Manuel. The exhibition ends February 16, 2014, so hurry up! The Maison Cartier had not been exhibited in Paris since 1989, although it regularly presents pieces throughout the world. This year, in Paris, more than 600 creations are showcased, representing 150 years of history of the Maison. The diversity of the brand is brought to light, from tiaras and crowns to small everyday objects, clocks, minaudières… not forgetting the most striking pieces of high jewellery. The Maison Cartier was founded in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier, who then occupied a small workshop in Paris, Rue Montorgueil. In 1899, the Maison moved to the Rue de la Paix and increases its influence, especially among kings. The Maison Cartier creations appeal through their references to the classicism of the French tradition, the perpetuation of good taste “à la française” that allows …

The Art of BULGARI, La Dolce Vita & Beyond

Aaaaah, Italy in the 50s and 60s, the Dolce Vita, voluptuous and glamorous women, sumptuous dresses and jewels… obviously by Bulgari. From Sophia Loren to Liz Taylor, Bulgari‘s colourful and very contemporary pieces of jewellery have appealed to a number of Hollywood icons. As a reminder, and because the history of a brand is often as exciting as the jewellery it created, the Maison Bulgari was born in 1884 in Rome, Via Sistina. In 1905, the founder, Sotirio Bulgari, a Greek emigrant from a family of goldsmiths, assisted by his sons Costantino and Giorgio, opened the Bulgari flagship boutique in Rome, Via Condotti. At the beginning of the 20th century, the two Bulgari brothers developed a keen interest in precious stones, jewellery and watches. They developed their know-how and gradually replaced their father in the management of the company. The first years after the Second World War marked a historic turning point in the history of Bulgari. Giorgio and Costantino decided to move away from the strict rules of the French goldsmiths’ traditions and created …

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, …