It felt highly appropriate that the 2016 World Jewelry Facets exhibition should be held in the city that gave us Jean Cocteau, Claude Monet, Frederic Chopin, Coco Chanel and haute couture, the ultimate symbol of French luxury. On October 20, this global exhibition arrived at the Pavillon Étoile on the rue de Presbourg. Commissioned by Napoleon III, the building was part of Baron Haussmann’s extravagant 19th-century renovation of Paris, with a commanding view of the Arc de Triomphe and all the majesty one expects from such an illustrious address.
The Pavillon Étoile’s original grand interior provided a remarkable backdrop to a breathtaking display of the world’s finest contemporary jewelry from around fifty legendary designers. Amid a lush indoor garden décor of abundant flowers and foliage, mirrored columns materialized from a profusion of blooms, with jaw-dropping jewels positioned on top, floating above, or suspended from them. Sumptuous showpieces were displayed alongside dazzling limited edition commercial collections fro Spring/Summer 2017, all incorporating Swarovski crystals in ingeniously artistic ways. With graphic jewels of hypnotic beauty created by names such as Delphine-Charlotte Parmentier, Jean Paul Gaultier and on aura tout vu, as well as Shourouk, Caleidoscópio, Atelier Swarovski and Roberto Giannotti, the skills and artistic sensibilities on display were simply out of this world. And gazing over proceedings from a portrait shot by world-famous photographer Tim Walker was supermodel, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and Swarovski’s newly appointed ambassador, Karlie Kloss. Inspirational, memorable craftsmanship.
Exhibiting designers: From Mexico come Mauricio Serrano, Edith Brabata and Alejandra Aceves; From the USA come Heidi Daus and Marquette Home. Southeast Asian designers include JUDYHUA and O.YANG (China); Complex Biz, DRESS UP EVERYDAY, and VENDOME BOUTIQUE (Japan); Minetani and VINTAGE HOLLYWOOD (Korea). From France come Ambrosia Paris, Aris Geldis, Azzaro, Bijoux de Famille, Boks & Baum, Crezus, Delphine-Charlotte Parmentier, Gas Bijoux, Hélène Zubeldia Paris, Jean Paul Gaultier for Swarovski, Les Georgettes™, LI by Richard Orlinski, Marie Laure Chamorel, on aura tout vu, Philippe Ferrandis, Reminiscence, Shourouk, Une Ligne, and Valérie Valentine. Other European countries are represented by: Marie Boltenstern (Austria); Coeur de Lion, Krikor and Stilomio (Germany); Boccadamo, may mOma, Max & Co, and Roberto Giannotti (Italy); JOOMAY (Romania); Artwear Dimitriadis and Ekaterini (Greece); Iskra (Bulgaria); Maximo Betro and Uno de 50 (Spain). From South America come Caleidoscópio and T.Arrigoni (Brazil), and Turmalina & Durando (Colombia).