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The art of Beldi jewel by Rafinity

In 50 years, Rafinity has become a key player in the Moroccan jewelry landscape. From the traditional Beldi jewel to unique pieces of high jewelry, this Moroccan brand also offers fashion collections reaching all audiences. The Beldi jewel, symbol of Moroccan tradition In the continuity of a long family tradition, Aziz El Hajouhi, current CEO of the house, admits to cultivate a passion for the world of jewelry, beauty and luxury since his childhood. Raised in the respect of tradition, he still remembers the discussions around the history of his great-grandfather, Driss Ben Abdeslam El Hajouji, a valued member of the corporation of Moroccan jewelers craftsmen. Typical of Fès and Meknès, the historical cradles of the House, Beldi jewels are the core business of Rafinity. Largely influenced by Islamic calligraphy and refined decorations of Arab-Andalusian architecture, the Beldi jewel is carved, engraved and perforated like the stucco lace of the Alhambra or sultans palace of Seville or Granada. The Beldi jewel, a testimony of the know-how of Moroccan jewelers The Beldi jewel is most often …

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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 …

Citrine, the November birthstone

November is coming to an end but let me tell you about this month’s beautiful birthstone: the citrine! The citrine is part of the large family of quartz, with a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, it crystallizes in the rhombohedral system. The main deposits are in Brazil, Madagascar and Sri Lanka. “Citrus” in Latin means lemon, the name comes indeed from its peculiar yellow colour which is due to the presence of iron. Most of the citrines on the marketplace are actually heated amethysts. Around 470 degrees to obtain a light yellow, and the higher the temperature, the darker the stone transforms, turning into brown tones. Its colour ranges from the most classic golden yellow to tangerine yellow and sometimes to Madeira yellow – an orangey colour like that of the eponym wine. In the Middle Ages, citrine symbolised prosperity, glory and joy, it was considered to be  the stone of the merchants. At that time, following popular belief, each stone was used during its corresponding month, when its strength was at its …

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 …

DUODECI crowdfunding on ULULE, participate!

DUODECI, the formidable concept which aims to highlight international artistic talent and French know-how for high jewellery creation, has launched a crowdfunding on ULULE.  The crowdfunding session on Ulule aims to publicise a new website that breaks the codes and gives you access to collector items. Do not hesitate PARTICIPATE! Only 10 days left! I was lucky enough to follow this adventure since its inception and I met one of the founders of the project to let you know a little more. Arnaud Pradat, hello, please tell us more about your background? I created my own company at the age of 21, « L’atelier de Paris » in the heart of Paris, then a boutique in Agen, my hometown. I was honoured with the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France for jewellery in 1994 (best jeweller). With 7 children, I decided to focus on my family life and I also decided to dedicate myself to transmission of knowledge as a priority. You are the creator of DUODECI, can you tell us about this project? I owe this …

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Couture week: High jewellery

This week was Paris Couture Week. Yet only a few jewellery houses presented their high jewellery collection, preferring to wait until the July session, or further still for the Bienniale des Antiquaire due in September… For those who did have a showcase, there were two great trends: colourful and innovative for a Spring mood, and timeless diamonds. The Maison Chopard was titanizing and colourful, this is the second time that the house ventures into the experience of titanium and I have to admit it’s rather successful because the choice of gems and the colour palette is bold and bright. These jewels are intended for innovative women and ready to challenge all the codes to free themselves from the constraints, weight for example, since titanium has the advantage of being extremely light. The Maison Chanel signed a collection reinterpreting the quilted pattern dear to the  Coco Chanel collection of 1932. Pieces full set with diamonds with touches of pearls, extraordinary blue sapphires or mother of pearl delicately crafted together. Remarkable was the secret watch added to the collection Signature which …

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, …

Piaget

For this third meeting, I would like to introduce you to jewellery Maison  Piaget which for more than 135 years has never ceased to combine exemplary technique and unparalleled style. The jeweller’s motto is « Always do better than necessary » and its emblem is « The Rose », faithful to Yves Piaget’s passion. In June of each year, Piaget honours a special flower… A flower with eighty serrated petals and an incomparable and intoxicating fragrance, a flower named the « Piaget Rose » by the horticulturist Alain Meilland in tribute to Yves Piaget, the species won the International New Roses Contest in Geneva in 1982. This rose is pure delight… This year, its celebration date is today, keep your eyes open! With Nicolas Mingalon, we naturally decided to surpass ourselves for this photograph, in order to highlight this magnificent necklace from the latest collection: Rose Passion, Rose exotique. We opted for a tropical atmosphere for this quite unique high jewellery piece. Imagine a bird-of-paradise, it seems to be made to clinge to a gracile and graceful neck… This fabulous creation is …