Paris est en fête by Messika is one of the most spectactular haute joaillerie collections I’ve seen at Baselworld 2017. Valérie Messika has created unique high jewellery pieces inspired by the festive Paris from 1919 to 1929, ten years during which women were liberated and emancipated. Ten years that turned Paris, the world capital of creativity, into an intellectual magnet for the avant-garde. Swinging Paris by Messika is a tribute to this decade.
SWINGING PARIS BY MESSIKA
What became known as the Roaring Twenties were all about parties, led by a young generation who wanted to have fun and live life to the fullest. Paris was a party and there was nothing quite like the intoxication of dance. This abundance of energy with a touch of craziness gave birth to Swing – a dance that paved the way to what would later become rock and roll.
To celebrate the hedonism of this period of freedom, when women’s eyes were lit up by champagne, Valérie Messika has designed a dazzling necklace that is as light as a feather. A staggering accumulation of 127 oval-cut diamonds and 2407 brilliant-cut diamonds. This awe-inspiring necklace required over 1,200 hours of work, with diamonds chosen for their perfect proportions that appear to come alive like champagne bubbles. Each stone is enhanced by surrounding micro-set diamonds. Thanks to an articulation of knife-edge threads that are as discreet as possible and the elasticity of the skinny system, the stones appear to float next to each other for an airy and alluring effect.
Photos: Courtesy of Messika and Ralph & Russo
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