Thursday, August 13, 2009


We are visiting the pebble-laden beaches located in Nice, France. We have made sure to purchase beach shoes to secure our footing; however, the thought of strolling along the beach of such a glamorous city holds our attention. France is also the home of featured jewelry designer Philippe Ferrandis.

Established 23 years ago, Ferrandis' company produces handmade jewelry designs implementing bronze, rhodium-plated copper, precious and semi-precious stones, and Swarovski Crystals.

His designer jewelry reflects the type of opulence reminiscent of vintage jewerlry pieces from Van Cleef & Arpels (France) at the height of the Art Nouveau period. Inspired by nature's radiance, Ferrandis works closely with his team of artisans to create trinkets full of romance and vibrancy.

A single, beautiful cameo is the centerpiece of a cuff-bracelet fashioned from sterling silver and clear crystals. Other necklaces are structured from bold, chunky gemstones giving the piece a bold style similar to some South American jewelry.

Some bracelets are free form in structure adorned with a cluster of multiple gemstones in various shapes, colors, and sizes. Floral motifs and delicate charms abound; there are small, branched flowers draped over dark, smooth stones.

There are large flowers, made from colored crystals, literally branching out linking together to form a necklace. In some of his pendant necklaces, Ferrandis' creates stemmed flowers from pastel-colored stones, combining and arranging them into a small, bouquet of flowers suspended from a chain. Overall the jewelry's essence is springtime in France and luxury.  It is an effortless embodiment of the feminine spirit.

Ferrandis' outstanding talent is highly respected within France's fashion circles. Couture designers like Escada, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, and Balmain regulary request his jewelry to complement their designs.

Publications such as Marie Claire and Vogue routinely feature Ferrandis' jewelry in their layouts. He designs two collections a year, and is currently creating a line for fashion house Nina Ricci.
Photo 1 (top right): Bronze Set Earrings with Green Stones
Photo 2 (bottom right): Rhodium-Plated Copper, and Brass Floral Necklace with Enamel, Swarovski crystals, and Mother-of-Pearl
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