Jewels and Scents
Fri 25 Jun 2010
See website for locations.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend: true, but costume diamonds will do just fine. Bijoux Burma offers the best of both worlds, presenting a variety of colorful precious gems in bracelets, rings, necklaces, earrings and broaches, as well as costume jewelry that is sometimes even more spectacular.
Cartier, Boucheron and Buccellati are but a few of the famous jewelry shops on the place Vendôme in the 1st. Even if you aren’t ready to drop tens of thousands of dollars, this can be an enjoyable window-shopping experience. Afterward, drop in for tea at the Ritz Hotel, also on the place Vendôme.
15, rue Boissy d’Anglas, in the 8th. 01 47 42 69 51.
For fun and fabulous costume jewelry that won’t break the bank but will be the envy of your friends, check out this tiny shop for killer rings, earrings and necklaces. There is no need to tell your friends that the jewels aren’t real—a smart girl never reveals her secrets.
6, rue Ravignan, in the 18th. 01 42 57 77 77.
Artsy, creative and lovely. Corpus Christi is a special little shop of original creations that we quite enjoy. If you spend over 175 euros at one shop, bring your passport and ask the shopkeeper to fill out the détaxe refund form.
16, rue de la Paix, in the 2nd. 01 42 61 74 49.
A contemporary yet timeless look.
7, rue du 29 Juillet, in the 1st. 01 42 61 78 22.
Colorful, ornate and unique jewelry composed mostly of semiprecious stones.
231, rue St.-Honoré, in the 1st. 01 42 60 80 16.
Particularly known for its elaborate necklaces, the store specializes in handmade vintage and costume jewelry.
Perfume: 14, rue de Castiglione, in the 1st. Jewelry: 7, place Vendôme, in the 1st. 01 42 96 33 66.
For very exclusive jewels and perfume. Joel Arthur Rosenthal, a Harvard-educated New Yorker has a cult following. Both shops are by appointment only because of their sky-high prices. Don’t give up, as the shop is nearly impossible to find. Think you need your hubby to purchase these kinds of jewels? Don’t be silly!
109, rue du Bac, in the 7th Arrondissement. 01 45 44 42 24.
Ted Alexander’s collection of necklaces, earrings and bracelets adds just the right kind of sparkle to a smart ensemble. He even has tiny gold or silver charms of the Eiffel Tower, along with medallions from the neighboring pilgrimage site, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.