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Nazanin Lankarani

Nazanin is a Paris-based writer and consultant who specializes in jewelry, watches, and the wider world of luxury. She is a contributor to The New York TimesVanity Fair, and other international publications. Her work has taken her to the emerald mines of Colombia, the horological workshops of Switzerland, and the vineyards of Champagne.

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For a Tiffany & Co. Pop-Up in Paris, OMA Designs a Literal Jewelry Box

Hiring a world-class architecture firm to design a tiny temporary retail space may seem an extravagant choice, but given the high aspirations of Tiffany & Co.—especially now that it’s owned by the French luxury conglomerate LVMH—it makes sense for the American jewelry company’s Paris debut under its new French banner.

Installation view of Marco Fusinato’s “Desastres” at the Venice Biennale. (Photo: Andrea Rossetti)

Marco Fusinato’s Ear-Piercing Endurance Performance at the Venice Biennale

At the entrance of the Australian pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale, earplugs are handed out to visitors as a safeguard against what lies inside: “Desastres” (April 23–November 27), an immersive experimental sound project by artist Marco Fusinato that synchronizes stark sounds and images. It features the artist, seated next to a freestanding, floor-to-ceiling LED wall, improvising on an electric guitar, generating short, piercing intervals of screeching feedback and noise.

Cartier's Milan flagship store

In Milan, a New Cartier Flagship Celebrates the City’s Opera

From the looks of things, physical retail may well be losing out to e-commerce (and perhaps soon, shopping in the metaverse). But a comeback for brick-and-mortar stores appears to be on the horizon, and if the architects at the Paris-based firm Moinard Bétaille have their way, luxury boutiques in particular could see a sort of renaissance in the months and years ahead.

“Cartier and Islamic Art" exhibition

How Islamic Art Informed Cartier’s Now-Signature Style

In 1847, French jeweler Louis-François Cartier established a business that bore his last name and specialized in jewels and precious trinkets. About five decades later, the company’s focus expanded to include accessories of its own design. One of Cartier’s grandsons, Louis, joined the family business as its creative director, and set out to find inspiration for developing a distinct visual language that Cartier could call its own.

Dior Spa Cheval Blanc Paris

At the Cheval Blanc Paris, a Dior Spa Offers a Multisensory Oasis for Body and Mind

La Samaritaine, a historic Parisian department store that towers over the banks of the Seine, spent the last 16 years undergoing an extensive renovation to its art deco building, first built in 1869 and reconstructed in 1930, and the surrounding neighborhood. It reemerged last month as a contemporary campus for top-tier French food, shopping, and culture, anchored by the five-star Cheval Blanc Paris hotel. Inside, the Dior Spa Cheval Blanc—a collaboration between the hotel chain and the French fashion house—promises “happiness in the heart of Paris,” a tall order somehow made attainable through its distinctive blend of wellness treatments and considered design, the latter created by architect Peter Marino. The spa’s director, Sophie Levy Kraemer, and her team spent five years developing a robust array of remedies that combine manual procedures, state-of-the-art technology, and Dior skin-care products. She also worked closely with Marino on the interior, including its textures, colors, furniture, and fixtures. The result is a one-of-a-kind multisensory retreat for the body and mind.

Hand wearing Repossi Berbere ring

The Traditional African Tattoos That Continue to Inform Repossi’s Signature Jewelry Collection

“Berbere was the first design I did that had the ability to become a new classic,” Gaia Repossi says of her first collection for Repossi, the Paris-based jewelry house that was founded in Turin, Italy, by her grandfather in 1957. She debuted Berbere in 2011, four years after she became the artistic director of her family business at age 21, and its signature elements—architectural geometry, dynamic asymmetry, impeccable mirror polishing, and juxtaposition of fullness and space—have since become defining features of the house’s aesthetic, and have been expanded into some 200 designs in four shades of gold.

Cartier's Pixelage necklace

Cartier’s Newest High Jewelry Collection Was Crafted to Stimulate the Senses

“This is a new world,” says Cyrille Vigneron, president and CEO of Cartier, during a gala dinner he recently hosted on the gleaming shores of Lake Como, “and we must awaken all our senses to rediscover it.” The event marked the unveiling of Sixième Sens (“Sixth Sense”), the luxury house’s newest collection. He continues, “High jewelry belongs to the world of sensory stimulation. It magically awakens the senses with vivid emotions that move your heart.”

A holographic necklace with a yellow gem at the center

In Boucheron’s Latest Collection, Holographic Effects Meet High Jewelry

“I’m constantly looking for new links between light and color, but my collections always start as a dream,” says Claire Choisne, creative director of the Parisian jewelry house Boucheron. “Then we use research from our in-house R and D to turn that dream into a concrete idea.” While jewelry houses usually look to their pasts to give life to new creations, Choisne has her sights firmly set on the realm of the unexpected when designing accessories for the 163-year-old company. Her latest collection, Holographique, unveiled this week in Paris during the city’s fall/winter 2021 haute couture fashion shows, is yet another foray onto a terrain of experimentation, where traditional craftsmanship meets technology in a series of audaciously radiant, one-off creations.

A diamond necklace with large turquoise gems

A Bold Bulgari Collection Pays Tribute to Gems, Women, and Artistry

“I don’t just look at stones. I need to touch them, and feel the life inside them,” says Lucia Silvestri, who sources gems for the high-jewelry house Bulgari and serves as its creative director. “There’s sensuality in the energy of gems born in the depths of the earth.” Such vitality shines through Magnifica, a 122-piece collection made from luscious, primarily cabochon-cut stones, forming some of the most exquisite pieces designed by the Roman jeweler to date. (Some 200 other items will be added to the collection later this year.)