Jewelry Galore at the Biennale des Antiquaires

Entrance Designed by Karl Lagerfeld

It’s a special time in Paris because the 26th Biennale des Antiquaires is currently open at Le Grand Palais. This year, this biannual antiques fair was designed by Karl Lagerfeld, with a giant hot air balloon as the center piece. The different stands showcase absolutely gorgeous jewelry and artwork. Everything is for sale so if you’re a serious buyer, you could even try on the jewelry. Among the jewelers, we went to see Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston, Boucheron, Piaget, Chanel and Dior.

Fendi Cafe

I’m really lucky because one of my classmates works for Van Cleef & Arpels and was able to provide more background on the Bienalle and the VC&A stand. She really emphasized how this was a once in a lifetime event because you would rarely have so many exquisite pieces from all different brands in one location. I loved listening to her talk about the jewelry and inviting us into the world of VC&A.

Boucheron Timepiece

Boucheron had beautiful timepieces

Boucheron Pin

A Boucheron pin owned by Elizabeth Taylor

Andy Warhol's Chairman Mao

Andy Warhol’s Chairman Mao

Artwork

I really liked how they set up the artwork (the one on the right is a Picasso).

VC&A Stand

Van Cleef & Arpels did a mini replica of their store!

VC&A Exhibit

That model was rotating inside the case.

VC&A Butterfly

My classmate explained that it’s a butterfly with a subtle tiger face.

VC&A Star Necklace

What girl wouldn’t be in love with VC&A’s star necklace?

Astrology Pin

VC&A had a whole line of gorgeous astrology pins.

Piaget Models

I really liked Piaget’s use of the space and how they used mannequins to highlight the jewelry.

Piaget Necklace

This was one of my favorite pieces, an Asian-inspired Piaget necklace.

Dior Diorama

Dior made dioramas to showcase their pieces.

Dior Diorama2

I loved the diorama idea; it was really inventive.

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