A Glit­ter­ing Af­fair

EV­ERY OTHER SEPTEM­BER, LEG­ENDARY JEW­ELLERY HOUSES RE­VEAL THEIR MOST EX­CEP­TIONAL PIECES AT THE BI­EN­NALE DES AN­TI­QUAIRES, WRITES Em­i­lie Yabut-ra­zon

Hong Kong Tatler - - Jewellery -

Run­ning from Septem­ber 11 to 21 in Paris, the Bi­en­nale des An­ti­quaires is a must-visit event for jewel afi­ciona­dos. The show has be­come one of the most im­por­tant fix­tures in the jew­ellery cal­en­dar, where the maisons present their most ex­cep­tional cre­ations. As France’s old­est art fair, the show also brings to­gether the big­gest names in art and an­tiq­ui­ties. The num­ber of ex­hibitors has in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly over the years, with the 2012 bi­en­nale play­ing host to 150, nearly dou­ble the 86 present at the 2010 event.

The Grand Palais in Paris has been home to the bi­en­nale since 1962. This year, Syn­di­cat Na­tional des An­ti­quaires pres­i­dent Christian Dey­dier has called upon the in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed in­te­rior de­signer Jac­ques Grange to recre­ate the Ver­sailles Gar­dens in the Grand Palais, with the help of gar­den­ers from Chateau de Ver­sailles and Tri­anon.

The fine jew­ellery brands show­cas­ing their work at the 27th edi­tion of the bi­en­nale are Alexan­dre Reza, Boucheron, Bul­gari, Chanel, Cartier, Chaumet, Dior, Gi­ampiero Bodino, Graff Di­a­monds, Pi­aget, Siegel­son, Van Cleef & Ar­pels and Wal­lace Chan.

GRAND DE­SIGNS CLOCK­WISE FROM FAR LEFT: A STATE­MENT NECK­LACE FROM CARTIER US­ING DI­A­MONDS AND A 15- CARAT RUBY FROM MOZAM­BIQUE; BOOTHS DE­SIGNED BY JAC­QUES GRANGE; EAR­RINGS BY CHANEL; NECK­LACE MOCK- UPS AT BUL­GARI

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