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Pradoren, the Swiss savoir-faire of a jewellery workshop


Somewhere between mountains and lake hides a postcard-looking Swiss village. A treasure to discover! In the center of this village is located the historical workshop which crafts jewellery for Baenteli, whose know-how is now well established. The workshop was taken over by Hakim Allou in 2014. With only four employees at the time, the young yet experienced Frenchman made sure to deliver the best high jewellery pieces, with special attention to the quality of manufacturing ; the gem sourcing and the ethics. With over 10 years experience, Hakim Allou has already collaborated with the greatest brands of the Paris Place Vendôme who entrusted him with very beautiful projects. A jewellery workshop with unquestionable know-how The Pradoren jewellery workshop has nothing to envy to the know-how of the Place Vendôme, quite the contrary. It is located in an ideal environment for jewellery and lapidary know-how, where Swiss manufacturers have reached a level of excellence one may not expect compared to their watchmaker neighbours. Indeed, we have learnt that the Pradoren workshop manufactures jewellery pieces for the …

Akillis 10 ans Guarani paraiba diamants masterpiece

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Beautiful French jewellery Maison Akillis celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, while we were meeting for the 12th time. Talented and original Caroline Gaspard created the brand in her own image. A brand both disruptive and representative of traditional French know-how, well known for its unconventional style, boldness and determination. Akillis: disruptive jewellery This amazing necklace named Guarani was revealed during a sumptuous reception in Paris at the Palais de Chaillot for the 10th anniversary of the brand. A party crowded with celebrities and  fashion models dressed by well-known French designer Jean-Claude Jitrois. Made of gold, diamonds and Paraiba tourmaline, with an ethnic aura like a totem, this jewellery piece is transformable and can be worn different ways, it adorns a woman’s body, its geometrical lines adapting to natural shapes. Inspired by the Amazon region and the Guarani tribes, Caroline Gaspard brings to light one of her favourite gems: the Paraiba tourmaline. This singular stone abd its inimitable colour reminds her of the carefree and relaxed atmosphere of the South Seas. Yet little known, it …

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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 …

Akillis, fine French character’s jewelery

Founded in 2007 by Caroline Gaspard, the collections of the young French jewellery Maison AKILLIS embody the boldness and originality of their creator who has combined traditional know-how and avant-garde techniques. Let’s meet with a modern day adventurer. AKILLIS, French fine jewelry house Hello Caroline Gaspard! Please tell us more about yourself and about your career? I have a rather unusual career history actually! I’m not afraid to admit I’m a real tomboy! I like speed, sport, danger and traveling around the world. I love an adventure any time, and I’m eager to embrace life to the fullest! I have always been attracted to fashion, design, learning and discovering all kinds of different things. This being said, I had a rather strict and traditional education in the countryside of northern France. My parents pressured me to succeed in school, so I prepared for that and eventually graduated from HEC business school. How did you get into jewellery? My mother always encouraged me to express my creativity. She also passed on her love for jewels. I …

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Couture Show 2018 : our top 5 

#ThisisCouture #ShowYourCouture, have been the most popular hashtags on social Network  these last days . You may wonder : What does it deal with ?  Couture Show is the famous  international fair  dedicated to designers and brands that are at the forefront of trends. The fair is held in Vegas on the same time than JCK, one of the biggest jewellery fair in the world.  The Couture show is held from May 31st to June 4th 2018 at the Wynn Hôtel in Las Vegas. This fair is different from the others  with its very special ambiance cool and fun surrounded by cactus And swimming pools. You can discover the best of the jewellery ans especially one of a kind partying with the designers ! No matter the distance, designers from all over the world want to participate to the fair to have a chance to show their creations to the biggest jewellery suppliers from the american continent.  We have selected for you 5 designers you absolutely have to check out! Baenteli Do not miss the Swiss Brand Baenteli, founded  in 1968 by …

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Like a b X L’Honoré Magazine : making-of high jewellery still life pictures

For this second edition between the glossy lifestyle « Honoré Magazine » and Like A B, we are pleased to reveal the ‘making of’ this High jewellery photo shoot. Behind the scene High Jewellery photo shoot The artistic direction, led Like A B, was inspired by projected shadows and led to the collaboration with the famous paper artist Mathilde Nivet. Place Vendôme and it’s architecture is a place of wonder and symbol of French excellence. It only seemed natural to explore this emblematic place through paper art, in order to highlight the boldness of the fine jewellery pieces selected for this still life photo shoot. The arrival of new international companies such as the Japanese Tasaki or the notorious English David Morris, has brought newness to Place Vendôme and it’s architecture. Alongside Maisons like Chopard, Chanel and Harry Winston, there is a dream-like quality in the air of champagne parties and excellence. The high jewellery still life with projected shadows A game of shadows, Place Vendôme’s buildings cast shadows on jewels, whilst certain jewels project light and …

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Morphée Joaillerie opens it’s first Pop Up, shall we pop in ?

  We awaited it, Morphée Joaillerie did it : opening their first Pop Up store before Christmas from the 4th till the 20th of December at 10 rue Saint Roch in Paris.  An opportunity to discover, not only on the website or on Like a b, but in person these original and poetic designs. Allow yourself to feel enchanted by the latest fine jewelry collection « Aurora Borealis » and enjoy the playful new pieces from « Make a Wish ». In short, to sparkle inside and out (the store) ! Morphée Joaillerie, conceived with finess and poetry We have been following the works of Morphée Joaillerie since it’s beginings and we are fans of it’s poetic univers, full of refinement and creativity. The collections « Cherry Blossoms« or « Make a Wish » are emblematic of the délicate craftsmanship offered by this young brand. At the occasion of the opening of their first Pop Up store, a new high jewellery collection was presented, very fitting for this end of year season: « Aurora Borealis ». Inspired by the unique, rare and precious auroras of the Great North, Morphée Joaillerie has used a black Australien opal …

A day in Paris at the Ecole des Arts Joailliers

Who hasn’t ever dreamed of learning a bit more about jewellery and spending a day in the premises of the prestigious Place Vendôme? This “school of jewellery arts” is dedicated to the history of jewels and the world of gemstones. The Paris based Ecole des Arts Joailliers Van Cleef & Arpels makes our dreams come true, nevertheless confronting its students with the difficulties of jewellery artcraft. Created initially by Nicolas Bos, who wanted to highlight jewellery know-how and perhaps also encourage vocations, the school is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. It also organises visits of the Museum of Decorative Arts, a longtime partner, to illustrate the different courses. The school offers 20 different courses following three main axes: the history of jewellery, know-how and the world of gemstones. I was lucky to experience a day at the Ecole des Arts Joailliers, Van Cleef and Arpels. A great activity whether alone or as a couple, as a gift to your beloved one or to share with your bestie. Perfect idea for a fun and educational …

We fell for the jewels designed by colourist Isabelle Langlois…

Her grand father was a stone cutter, supplier of the entire Place Vendome, and her father, known as one of the greatest experts of coloured gems, is the founder of the French Association of Gemmology. It’s easy to believe that jewellery was almost a destiny for colourist Isabelle Langlois. Passionate from an early age, the talented designer had to work hard to gain recognition in this male-dominated world, until she eventually created her own jewellery line and became successful. Portrait of the bright woman we met in the boutique she decorated herself, located in Paris, 12 rue de la Paix. Isabelle Langlois, born amongst precious stones… Isabelle Langlois, you are the heiress of a family of stone cutters from the French Jura region, the passion for coloured gems is a family tradition: was your journey thus made easier? It wasn’t! After graduating from business school, I had set my sights on working for my aunt, Catherine Vassort, who was then head of Vassort high jewellery workshops. My aunt was a wonderful incarnation of the “Parisienne” : …

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 …