High Fashion Jewelry
Full-day or Half-day Tour
Discover the fine jewelry of the legendary Place Vendôme. Visit the private collections and workshops of the biggest names in the business and learn how precious stones are fashioned into works of art with consummate craftsmanship.
Begin your private introduction to the rarified world of exquisite jewels. Learn about the history of this luxury industry and the intimate connection between Paris’ tradition of haute couture fashion and haute joaillerie (fine jewelry) while affirming your own personal style.
Let your expert guide open the doors to the most coveted names in the business. Start your visit at Mellerio dits Meller, the oldest jeweler on the Rue de la Paix and former purveyor to the French court, to view their private archives. Then tour Bulgari to see why this Roman jeweler became the darling of so many screen stars in the era of La Dolce Vita.
At Chanel Joaillerie, find out why Coco developed her personal penchant for pearls and admire gems similar to those bestowed upon her by her admirer, the Duke of Westminster. Next door at Cartier learn how the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s love story was recorded in gems. At Van Cleef & Arpels, study examples of this jeweler’s revolutionary technique for creating invisibly mounted gems. Then tour Chaumet’s unique collection of historic tiaras create for the crowned heads of Europe. Relax after a full day of touring with afternoon tea at the Ritz.
Explore the ateliers (workshops) of Paris’ individual créateurs (designers), who craft unique pieces with priceless materials and time-honored techniques. Visit the Atelier Costanza for expertly crafted gold jewels and Privilège Orfèvrerie, for its handmade diadems of Swarovski crystal and colored gem stones.
Explore the booming vintage fine jewelry industry that has been fueled by collectors’ interest in signed works of haute joaillerie.
Then enjoy your own exciting “hunt” for vintage jewels while exploring the Louvre des Antiquaires and the Marché aux Puces at St. Ouen with your expert guide to initiate you to the identification of exquisite unlabeled pieces and the subtle art of price negotiation.
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