Category Archives: Jewelry

Biennale

Buy your ticket for Paris; the Biennale des Antiquaires will take place from September 14 to 23, 2012. The 26th Biennale will be held in the beautiful Grand Palais. Organized by the Syndicat Nationale des Antiquaires since 1956, the Biennale … Continue reading

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Les 3 marches

I discovered a great vintage boutique just a stroll away from where I live in the summer, Catherine B – or really two boutiques in one at 1 and 3 rue Guisarde, in between the boulevard St. Germain and Place … Continue reading

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Vente privée

Today was the opening day of the Hermès vente privée (vahnt preevay) or private sale. It’s time for les soldes in France, but some of the most exclusive stores don’t like to stoop to slapping sale signs in the window … Continue reading

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Tel père, tel fils

Anne Paloma Picasso was born on April 19, 1949 in Vallauris in the south of France. Her father was the famous Spanish painter and her mother was the French artist and writer Françoise Gilot. Although she was frequently Picasso’s muse, … Continue reading

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Battre le pavé

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…something from the Cartier Trinity collection. Again, I am trying to help, and this time, my suggestion comes in triplicate. In 1924, Cartier introduced the Trinity ring – three … Continue reading

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Nettoyer les écuries d’Augias

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…an Hermès enameled printed bracelet. Once again, I’m here to help my good friend Santa. Hermès bracelets come in widths from half an inch to 2.5 inches and in … Continue reading

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Faire quelque chose montre en main

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… If I were writing this song, the sentence would conclude with a Cartier Tank watch.  It’s hard to believe that an object of such simple beauty was indeed inspired … Continue reading

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Les Journées Particulières

If you can be in France on October 15 and 16, 2011 you’ll have the chance to participate in Les Journées Particulières (lay joornay par-tea-coo-lee-air) sponsored by LVMH, the luxury goods conglomerate. This phrase translates as “special,” “unusual,” or “private” … Continue reading

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À couper le souffle

Mark your calendars. From January 18 to July 4, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York will present a major retrospective of jewelry by the French firm of haute joaillerie Van Cleef & Arpels.  Three-hundred and fifty pieces will … Continue reading

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Il ne faut pas mettre tous ses œufs dans le même panier

René Lalique was a genius of art nouveau jewelry. His creations reflected sinuous naturalistic forms of plants, insects, and beautiful women with long, flowing hair. I saw an exhibit of his work in Paris a few years ago that was … Continue reading

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