November 3, 2009

James de Givenchy

I think jewels are romance and James de Givenchy knows the secret. He is an incredibly talented, inventive designer as well as a consummate professional and an absolute delight.

A visit to Taffin, his salon above Fifth Avenue in New York City, is a treat that you should not deprive yourself of. James works by appointment only. He has an extensive private clientele and I didn’t hear it from him but he has quite a few illustrious clients. After passing through the Taffin doors, you enter another world full of bold, playful and colorful pieces, the ultimate playground for those who love beauty and original adornment.

I found the most unique and incredible pair of peridot and brown pear-shaped diamond earrings that were set in titanium (31 carats and 29 carats respectfully). Out-of-the-ordinary large cocktail rings include a Paraiba tourmaline set in white coral with a number of smaller peridots dotting the coral. A fantastical 48 carat rubelite pendant is set with eight diamond rondelles and strung on a rope. These and many others will only be seen in one place in the world and experienced by visiting with James de Givenchy.


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