As a lover of jewelry I am hoping to purchase a piece to remember our time spent there in March. I am looking for what might be considered a piece that exemplifies the French culture of jewelry, something that one would say you could only find in France. Any suggestions as to a jeweler in Paris or a type of jewelry to look for would be appreciated. Thank you.
French museums tend to have very nice gift shops with reproduction or artist-designed jewelry, so give those a look wherever you're sightseeing. France also seems to have had a knack for artistic medallions over the years, which I'm guessing could translate into more coin-style jewelry, not that it's necessarily what every Frenchwoman wears.
These are some of the jewelry stores I have shopped at in Paris. Not sure if that's what you're looking for but I remember Paris every time I wear my jewelry.
To echo what Laura said: try museum gift shops. My husband bought me a beautiful gold ring in the shop at the Musée d'Orsay for the anniversary we were celebrating in Paris several years ago. I have always treasured that lovely and thoughtful surprise!
I agree with the museum shops suggestion. My favorite is a gold Eiffel Tower charm bought many years ago at a shop on Rue St Honore. The small shop had a security guard at the door. But now even the department stores have guards and check handbags, etc before you enter. Many changes these days regarding security....
Just great, Mary. Now I risk a reprimand for online shopping at work.
Or... if you're into vintage shopping, try the flea markets or art markets. We've purchased several things, including a couple of pieces of jewelry, that people just can't believeI picket up at a market. Every time I wear it, I think of those trips.
Are you looking for fine jewelry or costume jewelry? Do you want newly made pieces or vintage/antique? There are tons of jewelry shops in Paris. Assuming for now, that you mean costume, I was wandering around in the 10th arrondissement in 2017 and came upon a little store where a woman was making and selling her pieces. I am wearing one of her necklaces today and it always draws complements and it will always remind me of Paris. I am trying to find my notes with the name. In the meantime, there is a lovely jewelry store at 77 Rue du Cherche Midi named La Lueur de l'aube -- really nice sales person. There is also the chain, Les Nereides, with multiple locations in Paris for luxury, colorful costume jewelry. Their jewelry is available in the US so it is not something you can find only in France though that will be case for certain individual pieces. There is also Dominique Denaive in the 1st who makes gorgeous, dramatic resin pieces, but you can buy his stuff online. The store/showroom is worth a visit.
For casual, inexpensive stuff, keep an eye out as you walk through street markets. Jewelry sells, so there are often craftspeople set up in places like that. Styles will tend to be idiosyncratic to the specific maker, though, not necessarily especially "French".
If you are lucky enough to be at a "brocante", there are always vendors there.
Yes, Thanks, Mary. Some good looking things at the links you sent. Now I will have to put these on my to-do list for next time in Paris.