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.

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Van Cleef & Arpels: They’re Not Objects; They’re Emotional Pieces

VC&A Orchid

Before I left Shanghai, I was able to visit Van Cleef & Arpels’ newest exhibit, Timeless Beauty, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. It was a breathtaking two-story exhibit with over 370 pieces, including jewelry, watches, accessories and archived drawings, from 1906 to 2010. I really enjoyed the short videos, highlighting the history of Van Cleef & Arpels at the Place Vendôme and the handwork behind these magnificent pieces. All together, I think there were seven videos and an hour of footage. If you’re headed to Paris in the near future, you’re in luck! The exhibit will be at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs from September 20, 2012 to February 10, 2013. You’ll have to see it in person because my digital camera does not do these pieces justice!

VC&A Display

The exhibit was meant to look like vines and plants.

VC&A Watch

I was in love with the enamel and diamond watches.

VC&A Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum Ruby Pin

VC&A Drawings

Original designs for VC&A pieces

VC&A Invoice

Thought this was so cool! The original invoice for a snuff bottle.

VC&A Emeralds

I wish my camera could have captured how green this set was (it looks more blue in this photo).

VC&A Display

One of the best displays that I’ve seen. They really highlighted the works and gave you a 360 degree view.

VC&A Grace Kelly

Princess Grace Kelly’s Collection

VC&A Catherine Deneuve

Yes, that is a 3D holograph of Catherine Deneuve explaining the collection.

VC&A Necklace

One of my favorite necklaces

VC&A Watch Night

I covet a Van Cleef & Arpels watch.

VC&A Display3

View of the display on the 2nd story.