MESSIKA unveils her diamond fairy tales
For 13 years, Valérie Messika has been bringing something new to diamonds by creating iconic, ready-to-wear jewellery. Today, she reveals her “Once Upon a Time” high jewellery collection and tells us the tale of her journey as a female entrepreneur. What are you most proud of in your brand’s success? Valérie Messika: In addition to the reputation of my brand, I am extremely proud of having opened my first High Jewellery workshop in the heart of Paris in 2015. All the pieces in this collection are unique and required several thousand hours of work by our jeweller-craftsmen. Can you tell us about what inspired you in the creation of your new collection “Once Upon a Time”? Valérie Messika: Combining my passion for diamonds with my love of fashion, I’ve re-written some of the tales that enchanted me as a child, exploring their themes with a feel for “couture”. I was inspired by the richly-illustrated editions of Gustave Doré, Kay Nielsen and Edmond Dulac. And because High Jewellery is nothing other than the transcended dreams of grown-up girls, I designed a magical collection of 22 exceptional pieces, combining freedom of movement and splendour, along with the pace and modernity of our time. Messika, there was an uneasiness associated with diamonds. In fact, most women only wore diamonds on special occasions or for their wedding. That’s why I created my company with a desire to remove this sacred status given to diamonds. Over time, wearing diamonds has become more widespread and seen more as a sign of audacity. My clients opt for ultracontemporary looks with surprising new-wear items. Diamond-encrusted jewellery is no longer considered a classic creation but an innovative and elegant accessory. Queen”, I wanted to create a necklace that could be transformed into a tiara. For me, this piece oozes power and daring through the pear-cut diamonds representing stalactites. Another necklace, “Diamond Whirl”, offers an endless blizzard of pear-shaped diamonds swirling around a flexible band crafted using the elasticity of the Skinny technique. In your iconic collections, do you have a favourite piece? Valérie Messika: I can say, without any hesitation, that my favourite is the “Move” collection, my first and most iconic collection! The way the diamonds move, which is characteristic of this collection, makes me think of my childhood when my father (a famous diamond trader) would glide diamonds between his fingers. The three diamonds and their movement symbolise the love of yesterday, today and tomorrow. I never take off my two bangles “Move Romane” and “Move Noa”, created as a tribute to my two daughters. If you had a magic wand, what would you wish for? Valérie Messika: I’d wish for everything to continue on this path... Messika is getting bigger and bigger and we still have so much more to accomplish!
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You have also worked on transformable jewellery. Do you think that, like Cinderella, today’s women are transforming themselves? Valérie Messika: Thirteen years ago, when I founded
Tell us about the emblematic techniques you’ve used. Valérie Messika: To pay homage to the “Snow
Messika Paris, "Once Upon a Time" High Jewellery collection - "Diamond Whirl" necklace – white gold with diamonds weighing 58 carats
Sasha Pivovarova, wearing “The Eternal Soul” set, from the “Once Upon a Time” collection - white gold necklace with diamonds weighing 219 carats - white gold earrings with diamonds weighing 12 carats - white gold “Zelda” ring from the “Paris est une...
Valérie Messika, Founder of the Messika Paris House