Nine tastemakers share their favourite jewellers

Glittering praise for designers from New York to Bangkok

Lydia Courteille’s boutique on Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris
Lydia Courteille’s boutique on Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris | Image: J Pepion

Julie de Libran, fashion designer One of my favourite jewellery stores, Karry’O, is just off the Champs-Elysées on Avenue Matignon. Karry has one of the best eyes for vintage pieces – individual and eccentric yet beautiful. I found her at PAD London and we have kept in touch. And not far away is the dark little treasure trove of Lydia Courteille, who is inspired by foreign travel and antique stones and showcases her own dazzling designs alongside vintage pieces. Karry’O, by appointment, 6 Avenue Matignon, Paris 75008 (+331-4548 9467; karryo.com). Lydia Courteille, 231 Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris 75001 (+331-4261 1171; lydiacourteille.com).

Bobbi Brown’s collection of Ted Muehling designs
Bobbi Brown’s collection of Ted Muehling designs | Image: Weston Wells

Bobbi Brown, make-up doyenne I have an incredible collection of Ted Muehling’s designs – strands of pearls in rosy-pink and opalescent colours; a pair of delicate hoop earrings with clusters of dangling pearls; simple brushed-gold earrings. They often inspire my make-up colours and collections. 52 White Street, New York, NY 10013 (+1212-431 3825; tedmuehling.com).

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Peter Copping, fashion designer De Vera in New York is a favourite place for browsing. It sells jewellery designed and made by the owner using Greek and Roman intaglios, and there’s a really beautiful selection of objects displayed almost like a museum. Marc Jacobs – whose office is nearby – says he’ll go in, buy something, take it home and think: ‘Why doesn’t this look the way it did in the shop?’ Because there were five other amazing things next to it. He says he’s been known to go back and buy a few more to get the effect. 1 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10013 (+1212-625 0838; deveraobjects.com).

De Vera sells a mix of jewellery and objets d’art
De Vera sells a mix of jewellery and objets d’art

Jean-Michel Gathy, architect Rolf von Bueren creates the most gorgeous one-off pieces of jewellery for Lotus Arts de Vivre in Bangkok. They are inspired by the culture of the region and handmade by traditional craftsmen in remote villages. They are too extravagant to be worn but are quite exquisite. Siam Anantara Hotel Bangkok, 155 Rajdamri Road, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330 (+662-294 1821; lotusartsdevivre.com).

The Buccellati boutique in Milan
The Buccellati boutique in Milan

Hanneli Rupert, designer For those looking for original jewellery, it’s worth seeking out art and artefacts store Quagga Rare Books and Art in Cape Town’s Kalk Bay. I buy antique tribal decorative pieces and customise them to wear as jewellery. Capetonians are nothing if not inventive. 86 Main Road, Kalk Bay 7975 (+2721-788 2752; quaggabooks.co.za).

Linda Fargo’s pendant from Grazia & Marica Vozza
Linda Fargo’s pendant from Grazia & Marica Vozza | Image: Circe

Laurence Dacade, shoe designer Buccellati is my favourite jeweller: I love the wonderful Italian goldwork – it is design and craftwork of the highest order. Via Montenapoleone 23, Milan 20121 (+3902-7600 2154; buccellati.com).

Alessandro Dari’s shop in Florence
Alessandro Dari’s shop in Florence

Tara Bernerd, designer I wear a large three-part “Bondage” ring by Loree Rodkin every day. It has lots of attitude to it. Loree came to my house in London several years ago, emptied her Kelly bag full of jewellery on my bed, and I selected it from the wonderful pile. It isn’t very conventional, but neither am I. loreerodkin.com.

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Linda Fargo, fashion director Grazia and Marica Vozza are chic jewellers – and twin sisters – who I met while vacationing on Capri some years ago. I have a baroque-style pearl and oxidised silver cross pendant from their shop that I love. Via Fuorlovado 38, Capri 80076 (+3908-1837 4010; graziaemaricavozza.com).

Massimiliano Giornetti, fashion designer I particularly like Alessandro Dari’s shop in Florence, which is very atmospheric, full of gothic crowns, towers and crosses, with Alessandro himself often playing his classical guitar. He seems to have reinvented medieval jewellery. Via San Niccolò 115, Florence 50125 (+3905-524 4747; alessandrodari.com).

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