Monday, June 21, 2010


A prized symbol of French patriotism, the Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile in Paris, France is one of the world's largest triumphal arches standing 162 feet. France is also the home of featured jewelry designer Elizabeth Paradon.

For nearly three decades, Paradon's company, Ziio Jewelry, has consistently produced exquisite gemstone jewelry.

Luminous variations of purple amethyst, red agate, blue lazurite, green aventurine, and freshwater pearls possess a stirring regality bringing to mind the Queen of Sheba.

The gemstones' vibrant color and varied arrangements ebb and flow with several cultural styles I have seen since beginning this blog.

While the sights and ambiance of such countries as Thailand, Greece, and Italy influence Paradon's design aesthetic, I see the bold colors of India's meenakari jewelry, tile patterns of Israeli mosaics, and the chic sophistication of Egyptian bead jewelry.

Suspended within a taut web of precious metal wire, the stones' arrangement is seemingly determined by the web's configuration.

A large chunk of chrysoprase is set within a large gap in the web while small, glistening pops of garnets and Murano glass fill in smaller gaps.

The web of her eye-catching cuff bracelets contains at least three to four tiers. Each tier containing a string of like gemstones such as peridot or the stones vary from tier-to-tier blending the deep blue hues of lapis with the lush beauty of violet agate. The pieces are simply magnificent.

For me, the great aspect about Ziio Jewelry is that Paradon seemingly reaches back into time creating pieces of such stately opulence they look as though they were unearthed from Pharaohs'' tombs.

Incidentally, a select number of Paradon's designs are exhibited in a number of museums around the world, and even the Queen of Jordan adorns herself with these luscious creations.

Photo 1 (top right): Scottish Blue Onyx Bangle
Photo 2 (bottom left): Amore Infinito Cryso Necklace
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