MESSIKA un­veils her di­a­mond fairy tales

Where Paris - - Shopping - By Kyra Bren­zinger

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!

Messika Paris 259 rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris – France Tel: + 33 1 70391800 www.messika.com

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