When you’re seeking a truly original and elegant piece of jewelry– whether a ring, brooch, necklace or statement piece– you want something that will stand the test of time. To find that something extraordinary, a whirl through some of the finer boutiques in Paris can be an obvious choice. Indeed, the French capital is home to some of the world’s most prestigious jewelry designers and houses, who draw from hundreds of years of expertise and know-how to create truly unforgettable pieces. These are some of the most prestigious Paris jewelers, from noble, established houses to up-and-coming designers. Read on to learn more about them– and why a private shopping tour of Paris with us might help you home in on your ideal piece.
The Most Prestigious Paris Jewelers, From Classic Houses to New Designers
..Style, Elegance & Pure Luxury
Van Cleef & Arpels
At 22 Place Vendome stands an iconic Parisian joaillier. Van Cleef & Arpels, open since 1906, has been a legend in the world of high-end and extraordinary jewelry. Its signature and handmade pieces are the epitome of glamour and elegance, worn on red carpets by Hollywood luminaries such as Elizabeth Taylor, Cate Blanchett, and Margot Robbie, as well as by royal figures for over a century. Grace Kelly of Monaco and Princess Soraya of Iran are included on its client list.
Priding itself on traditional craftsmanship coupled with new technological innovations, this lauded house has created some of the most-recognized and coveted “high jewelry” pieces of the 20th and 21st century, from royal ruby collections to ornate clips shaped like birds and encrusted with superb yellow gold, emeralds, saphir, yellow and white diamonds.
The house offers its VIP clients a custom jewelry service that allows you to work at each stage of the process with Van Cleef & Arpels’ best craftsmen on Place Vendome, resulting in bespoke pieces that you and your loved ones will treasure for centuries to come.
At 6, Place Vendome stands what might be the world’s finest watchmaker– prized around the world for its exceptional handmade timepieces. Established by Abraham-Louis Breguet in the late 18th century, former watchmaker to the French royal court prior to the Revolution of 1789, Breguet successfully made a transition to the modern world by continuing to innovate through its long history. There’s even a museum collection dedication to its different inventions, from self-winding watch mechanisms to the “sidereal timekeeper”.
Countless famous patrons mark Breguet’s distinguished hall of fame, from Marie Antoinette to Napoleon I and the Empress Josephine, Queen Victoria and Sir Winston Churchill.
Today, visiting the flagship boutique on Place Vendome will allow you to take in the House’s superb creations in person, and even consult with designers to craft your own impecably designed, unique watch or specialty timepiece. Many of Breguet’s delicate and lavish jewelled watches and timepieces are genuine masterpieces.
Established in 1858 by Frédéric Boucheron, this legendary jeweler at 26, Place Vendome first stood at the Palais Royal in Paris, before moving to its current location at the end of the 19th century. This House has been prized by wealthy and royal clients for over 160 years, and is the oldest of the square’s prestigious joailliers. Particularly renowned for its hand-sculpted gold pieces, astonishingly fine gems and ornately jewelled animals– from hedgehogs to swans— Boucheron has also created unforgettable pieces, such as royal wedding necklaces, for its private clients.
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This iconic house’s bespoke service allows clients with a special vision to consult with Boucheron’s world-class jewelry designers and craftspeople, to yield personalized and entirely unique pieces that you and your loved ones will prize for decades to come.
This legendary Parisian jeweler was founded in 1780 and has been standing on the regal Place Vendome since then, producing precious and fantastic pieces for the likes of Joséphine, wife of the Emperor Napoléon I, Princess Augusta of Bavaria, numerous Indian princes and countless celebrities.
From the Empire period to the Belle Epoque, Art Deco through the experimental 1960s, Chaumet’s craftsmen have worked to create some truly timeless pieces. They move with the times but manage to seem timeless. In addition to their ready-to-wear collections of jewelry, watches and other goods, more discerning customers can also commission custom pieces. Thinking of proposing marriage? Chaumet’s custom engagement and wedding rings service makes an excellent choice.
Also on Place Vendome, Jaubalet is a prized destination for those in search of high-end custom jewelry. The prestigious house is well-respected for its craftsmanship and uncompromising quality, and their pieces– for both men and women– typically draw from artistic, architectural and even literary codes. In short: this is a house whose bespoke pieces are designed to tell a story and a legacy, rather than simply shine with beauty.
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From fantasy-inspired dragonfly brooches delicately encrusted with sapphires and diamonds, to gorgeous custom rings that draw on designs from the art nouveau period and statement pieces perfect for standing out at a red-carpet event, Jaubalet delivers outstanding and completely unique jewelry to a client roster filled with famous names.
This independent luxury jeweler originating from Lebanon was a renowned craftsmen for some of Paris’ lauded fine “joailliers” before striking out on his own. Since then, his singular, entirely original collections have been coveted by discerning clients– both locals and travellers.
With a hand-crafted collection heavily centred around gold (especially brushed and white varieties) and luminous semiprecious stones in addition to precious ones, Walid’s artistry has won accolades for its sweeping, simple, organic lines. His designs feel at once timeless and futuristic. All of his pieces are limited-edition creations, of which only eight– or even only one- exist. This makes them all the more in-demand.
Just because this jewelry house is, well, a household name doesn’t mean their pieces aren’t extraordinary and coveted. Witness the recent Oscars ceremonies, where celebrities such as actresses Glenn Close and Amy Adams wore stunning jewels from the noble Parisian company.
Cartier may have shops and traders around the world (and numerous locations around Paris), but there’s something extraordinary about paying a visit to their flagship store on Rue de la Paix in the French capital, a true place of historical importance for the iconic jeweller. First opened in 1899, it has been an essential address for global royalty and countless celebrities ever since.
From emblematic jaguar brooches (a striking symbol of the brand for decades) to dazzling necklaces, bracelets, rings, watches and accessories, Cartier is a veritable treasure trove for anyone in search of the unique and extraordinary. Pieces from the collection can be customized, and if you’re after an engagement or wedding ring to wow your significant other, Cartier is a noble choice indeed.
This confidential yet highly prestigious Parisian jeweler on Rue de la Paix was founded in the late 19th century and has been much-sought-after by wealthy and famous clients ever since. Noted for its delicate craftsmanship, ability to set truly extraordinary jewels in original and eye-catching yet tasteful ways, and discretion, De Grace certainly appears to merit its name.
Of particular interest to VIP clients is the house’s custom jewelry service, which offers private viewings of extraordinary jewels to set in your bespoke rings, necklaces, or other pieces, as well as a consultation with some of France’s finest designers and craftsmen.
The bridal collection, meanwhile, is sumptuous and elegant, featuring some truly extraordinary gems set in rings whose design draws on both classic and avant-garde codes.
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Of course, these are only a few of the extraordinary jewelers awaiting discerning travellers in Paris– we’d be happy to initiate you to many more, including exclusive addresses and private designers that only work with VIP clients. Ready to come explore the capital and find your perfect statement piece, treasured family heirloom to come, engagement ring or gift? Book a VIP shopping tour of the French capital with us. We’ll take care of all the details, ensuring you meet with some extraordinary designers and come away with something unforgettable.
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