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By Sophia Hussain
From the antique posters and books on sale beside the Seine to the retro clothing crowding shops in the Marais; from the Gothic alleyways of the Latin Quarter to the hallowed hallways of the Louvre, Paris is a city packed with history. Tourists flock to the French capital in their millions to soak up a bit of its romantic past, but there is an easier way to do this too: via a collection of repurposed eco-friendly jewellery from Paris.
Launched in 2010 by Jan Roberts, Jean Joaillerie is created with materials sourced from the many antique markets scattered throughout Paris and beyond. The gold-embellished pieces could include anything from the old war medals of forgotten heroes; the crystal from an Art Nouveau glass curtain or the freshwater pearls from a former bride’s necklace, to name just a few possibilities.
Each piece is not only lovely, but comes with a unique story. Take this “Parfum” Brooch from the brand’s “Cinq a Sept” Collection, which features a refillable vintage perfume bottle, French Medaille D’Honneur from the Ministere du Travail and Vintage Bohemian Crystal from an early 1900’s glass curtain rail.
The perfume bottle is in perfect condition and still contains traces of the scent worn by its ghostly former owner and the Medallion brings a touch of pride to the creation. Both objects are fascinating conversation starters.
But not only does every piece tell its own story, Jean Joaillerie is also versatile, as it includes necklaces with crystal pendants that can detach into brooches, infused beaded chains that can double as hair accessories, and keychains that are so dazzling, they can even act as unique table centre-pieces too.
Got your own personal object sitting in a drawer that you think would make a great statement piece? Jan also takes client requests for bespoke creations. For more information, please click here.
Images: Roger Reiss Model: Vera Marozava (from Agency Team Models)