Biennale des Antiquaires Preview!

The glass dome of the Grand Palais, the iconic location of Biennale des Antiquaires. Image VOGUE FRANCE/GETTY IMAGES

Biennale des Antiquaires is without a doubt the most prestigious jewelery event in the world. Held every two years at the Grand Palais in Paris, this event brings together the world’s top jewelers to showcase their finest and newest creations. 2014 marks the 27th installment of the event and I for one couldn’t be more excited for it!

A shot from Van Cleef and Arpels Peau d’Âne campaign, featuring the (clockwise from left) Prince Rouge clip: white gold, rose gold, pink and purple sapphires, red coral, diamonds and emerald; the Biches necklace: white gold, white diamonds, sapphires, malachite, turquoise, one pear-shaped emerald and emerald beads; and the Cascade Précieuse earrings: white gold, diamonds, sapphire and emerald beads. Image VAN CLEEF & ARPELS/GASPARD YURKIEVICH

Biennale is the quintessence of luxury; with breathtaking objects being found around each and every corner and it goes without saying that it is one of the most anticipated exhibitions in the world. As the Biennale’s main focus has always been on quality rather than quantity, this year is set to be smaller than previous installments. The exhibition has been edited and in 2014, just over 80 of the world’s finest craft houses will be showing as compared to the 150 in 2012.

A shot from Boucheron’s Rêves d’Ailleurs campaign featuring the Fleur des Indes ring: white gold, platinum, black opal, emeralds and white diamonds. Image BOUCHERON

2014’s event may be smaller, but it is no way limited when it comes to the calibre and the variety of pieces on display. In total 14 fine jewelers are taking part, including Giampiero Bodino Haute Joaillerie, Boucheron, David Morris, Graff Diamonds, Chaumet, Dior Haute Joaillerie, Piaget and Wallace Chan. Pair these companies with the brilliant set designs of Jacques Grange (who plans to transform the glass dome of Grand Palais into an exact recreation of the Versailles Gardens), and you get a fabulous event that no true lover of fine jewelery can afford to miss!

A shot from the BVLGARI MVSA campaign featuring the Monete sautoir and the Tubogas bracelet: antique Hellenistic silver coins in rose gold. Image BVLGARI/CARL BENGTSSON

Biennale may not be open to the public until late September, but here you can see a small preview of my favourite pieces for the upcoming show. Enjoy!

Giampiero Bodino Haute Joaillerie

The Byzantine-inspired Mosaic bracelet by Giampiero Bodino: white diamonds and white chalcedony in white gold. Image GIAMPIERO BODINO/LAZIZ HAMANI


The Cristal de Lune jewelry watch from Boucheron’s Rêves d’Ailleurs Collection features a three-dimensional rock crystal dome carved from a solid piece of rock crystal as it’s watch face, paired with white diamonds and white gold. Image BOUCHERON

David Morris

A gorgeous multi-strand necklace from David Morris Haute Joiallerie features vintage opal beads from the 1920s alongside brilliant-cut white diamonds set in white gold. Image DAVID MORRIS/THE JEWELLERY EDITOR

Van Cleef & Arpels

The Château Enchanté clip is perhaps the most breathtaking piece from the Van Cleef & Arpels Peau d’Âne Collection. This architectural pin is almost certain to become one of the company’s most iconic pieces: a gorgeous 39.85 cts. oval-cut mint green emerald is nestled amongst white diamonds, emeralds, violet sapphires, sapphire briolettes and white gold. Image VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

Alexandre Reza Haute Joaillerie

The Turban ring by Alexandre Reza features a brilliantly blue 27.24 cts. sugarloaf Ceylon sapphire cabochon, surrounded by baguette-cut diamonds in white gold and platinum. Image ALEXANDRE REZA HAUTE JOAILLERIE


BVLGARI’s gorgeous Burmese Song and Seascape bracelets in rose gold, from the MVSA Collection: the Burmese Song (top) is made of cushion-cut Burmese ruby cabochons, white diamonds and ruby beads, the Seascape (bottom) combines cabochon pebbles of tourmaline, emerald and amethyst, white diamonds and ruby beads. Image BVLGARI/THE JEWELRY ICON


This convertible tiara necklace from the Cartier Royal Cartier Collection can be worn as a collar necklace, a tiara, or as a pendant; it features a breathtaking 8.3 gram antique pearl drop suspended from a rigid white gold form of white diamonds and silver and grey baroque pearls. Image CARTIER

Graff Diamonds

One particular highlight from the Graff Diamonds High Jewelry Collection is the convertable Le Collier Bleu de Reve necklace, which boasts a breathtaking white gold pendant featuring an internally flawless 10.47 cts. fancy vivid blue briolette diamond, a 4.22-carat emerald and brilliant-cut white diamonds, it can be worn by itself as a pendant or a brooch, or as a collar amongst strands of faceted diamond beads. Image GRAFF DIAMONDS


This white diamond and fancy sapphire necklace from the Chaumet Lumieres d’Eau Collection features a 10.23 cts. Ceylon blue sapphire set in white and yellow gold. Image CHAUMET

Dior Haute Joaillerie

The Trompe L’oeil Jaune earrings and ring from the Dior Archi Dior Collection: yellow gold, rose gold, white diamonds, fancy yellow diamonds and spessartite. Image DIOR


This white gold necklace from the Piaget Extremely Piaget Collection combines beads of turquoise and chrysoprase with a gorgeous 23 cts. cabochon-cut emerald, pear-shaped chrysoprase and turquoise cabochons and brilliant-cut white diamonds. Image PIAGET


Amongst it’s other treasures, Siegelson will be exhibiting it’s glorious Belle Époque Diamond and Rock Crystal Corsage Ornament , a piece originally produced by Cartier in 1913: carved rock crystal and white diamonds in white gold. Image SEIGELSON/JEWELS DU JOUR

Chanel Haute Joaillerie

The Cruise Suite from the Chanel Café Society Collection: white gold, white diamonds, aquamarine beads and black spinels. Image CHANEL

Wallace Chan Haute Joaillerie

The Goddess of Harvest Ring by Wallace Chan Haute Joaillerie, combines a teardrop-shaped rubilite with a large emerald-cut tourmaline, emerald-cut white diamonds, brilliant-cut blue and violet sapphires, and white diamonds in yellow gold, white gold and patinated white gold. Image WALLACE CHAN

A little overcome? Oh darling, so am I!


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15 thoughts on “Biennale des Antiquaires Preview!

    • Thank you! I think it’s the skill and dedication to quality that these artisans have that make the finished product so engaging. Be it art, fashion or jewelry, the amount of work that goes into creating these pieces truly make them a labour of love, maybe that’s why there’s an air of romanticism about all these jewels!

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