Experience the excitement of jewelry
21 May 2021
In its exhibition “Napoléon et Joséphine – Une histoire (extra)ordinaire”, the jeweler Chaumet presents (among many other jewels) acrostic bracelets that belonged to the empress. By deciphering the initials of each stone, we discover a word or a message, in this case the first names of her children: Eugène and Hortense. These museum pieces are obviously not for sale but this beautiful idea can easily be appropriated. Indeed, Chaumet still makes such sentimental jewelry, in the form of bracelets, in accordance with each person’s story. The unique message is thus known only to the wearer.
Discover the exhibition “Napoléon et Joséphine – Une histoire (extra)ordinaire”
02 May 2021
By Marie-Laure Cassius-Duranton.
Auctions are not only about jewelry that once belonged to our ancestors. Three creations of Yasuki Hiramatsu (1926-2012), considered the first contemporary Japanese jeweler-artist, have just been sold by De Zwann (Amsterdam) – marking a first. Highly appreciated by the initiated, his pieces are usually sold in specialized galleries and have no auction price yet. The showpiece, a square brooch in crumpled gold, is characteristic of Hiramatsu’s sensual relationship with the material. Coming from a family of metalworkers, Hiramatsu finely rolled his gold, then bent, crumpled, hammered or beat it to create textured surfaces. The shapes are simple, the most important thing is the relationship of the metal to the light. The brooch (a similar example can be seen at the Victoria & Albert Museum), estimated at €1800-2,200, went under the hammer for €3,200.
27 April 2021
In France, a few major auction houses – Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Artcurial and Aguttes – dominate jewelry and watch auctions as well as the media – the top ten account for 41% of all jewelry and watch sales. However it is little known that there are in fact 415 auction houses in the country, 68% of which are small companies with annual sales of less than 2 million euros. Scattered throughout Paris and the regions, they too offer jewelry and watches, most often in regular sales (along with furniture, cars and even DIY tools). In other words, they still offer non-wealthy amateurs a rich experience, where real bargains can be found. Keep an eye out!
From CVV (Conseil des Ventes Volontaires)
26 April 2021
Exit Reed Karkoff, artistic director of America’s Tiffany & Co. Following the takeover by LVMH (for 15.8 billion dollars), he makes way for Ruba Abu-Nimah. She may as yet be unknown to the general public, but fashion and graphic design aficionados follow her work very closely, as evidenced by her Instagram account with its nearly 70,000 followers. A Swiss of Palestinian origin, she’s a Parsons School of Design graduate, whose career began in the 90s in Paris at ELLE, followed by Glamour. She then became the first female artistic director of Elle US before heading up the global creative team at Shiseido and Revlon. With Ruba Abu-Nimah, Tiffany & Co has guaranteed itself an ultra-hyped global vision and a rejuvenated clientele. Watch this space.
20 April 2021
The new annual watchmaking gathering Watches & Wonders has just gone entirely digital. Thirty-eight brands took part, many of them from the erstwhile SIHH and Baselworld: Cartier, Chanel, Piaget, Chopard, Baume&Mercier and Hermès. As usual, the women’s watches (or which can be worn by women) were few in number and consisted mainly of re-editions of existing models – but there were some dazzling surprises, such as the two watches entirely covered with stylized scales by Cartier and Bulgari.
22 March 2021
The jeweler Bulgari has entrusted the third “Serpenti through the eyes of” to Mary Katrantzou, a Greek fashion designer well known to the maison – in 2019, its high jewelry pieces adorned dresses at her fashion show at the Acropolis. She draws on the theme of metamorphosis to reinterpret bags with a clasp featuring a snake’s head. Two are in leather, one with a sublime handle featuring an undulating body, while the other has been exquisitely embroidered with pearls. On the flap of the bag, the famous snake head in enamel lies at the center of a coiled body fragmenting into a cloud of butterflies…. These insects, omnipresent in Mary Katrantzou ‘s work, fuse with reptile of the Italian jeweler, who is of Greek origin. In the ultimate metamorphosis: the snake head becomes the bag, the two merging into a single minaudiere. A remarkable work.
18 January 2021
Here are some figures in preview from the monthly Francéclat-Panel5 report for the year 2020 relating to the jewelry and watchmaking sector. In France, 2020 has been the most negative year (since the first Panel5 studies in 1979) with a 14% drop in turnover compared to 2019. The good news was the rebound in December with a 12% increase in turnover compared to last year. “It was the best December since 2011, a remarkable performance because foreign customers were absent and the threats to our society and our economy were numerous,” says Hubert Lapipe, founder of Panel5. The full 2020 figures will be unveiled very soon by Francéclat.
10 January 2021
In its annual Monaco sale, Artcurial includes around twenty Cartier panthers. “They all come from a personal collection of 100 pieces of jewelry that a great jewelry lover gave as a present to his wife,” says Julie Valade, director of the jewelry departement. Cartier has been inspired by panthers since 1914 and has never stopped creating new versions. The panthers on sale dating from 1990 to 2010 take various forms: all-gold ring alongside one entirely set with diamonds, a pendant spotted with enamel or black onyx, flat or in 3D, as well as a necklace, a brooch, etc. Not to mention a spotted watch that echoes the original 1914 model. My favorite piece : the roaring stylized and faceted panther into which you slip your finger.
Auction 20 January 2021 at L’Hermitage, Monte-Carlo
08 January 2021
In her latest collection, Melanie Georgacopoulos pulls off a new feat: padded mother-of-pearl, sculpted as if a button had been pushed into a cushion. “Only the tenderness of this material, often seen as a disadvantage, made this work possible. I had fun associating it with diamond, the hardest stone.” Over the last decade, Mélanie Georgacopoulos has masterfully taken mother-of-pearl, her favorite material, out of the classical register thanks to spectacular pieces and new techniques. Her masterstroke: cutting the pearl in half to reveal its inner beauty (for M/G Tasaki), plus the different layers of mother-of-pearl that compose it. Her Instagram account, with images that celebrate this material above and beyond her own creations, is a must.
07 January 2021
Los Angeles-based designer Cathy Waterman creates about fifty unique pieces for a select few boutiques around the world each year. White Bird is her sole representative in Europe. Waterman is passionate about the Middle Ages and draws in her work on naturalistic motifs such as oak leaves, laurel leaves and bramble leaves. The chiseled openwork gold on the frames conjures up dewdrops or tears, while the subtle blend of very warm (almost pure) 22-carat gold or oxidized gold with luminous white platinum imbues her pieces with an emotive beauty.
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