No two women are exactly alike, so it stands to reason that our style, and by extension our accessories, should not be exactly alike. By creating a collection of custom-designed jewelry, Nouvel Heritage is hoping to bring back the intimate connection between the jewels and the wearer. Their pieces, which use some of the most colorful and rare gemstones imaginable, are beautiful creations of artistry and passion.
Founded last year by second-generation jeweler Camille Parruitte, Nouvel Heritage's collection is a homage to the historic designs of the past. Influenced by everything from traditional Celtic rings to the flamboyant costume pieces of the roaring ‘20s, Parruitte designs one-of-a-kind pieces that are made to capture the character and style of each individual. Hand-crafted in a family-owned atelier on the popular Rue de la Paix in Paris, pieces are individually made by the company’s 35 master jewelers and artisans.
Those looking for a bespoke piece have several personalization options to choose from. The brand’s One-of-a-Kind collection are earrings custom-designed to your specifications, engraved with your name and never reproduced. For lovers, the Ton Baiser collection uses smartphones and laser-printing to engrave a personalized kiss onto a small diamond, malachite or tiger’s eye charm. The Transform collection contains several pieces that are interchangeable, such as a necklace where chains can be switched around or entirely removed to be worn as bracelets or earrings. The Signature collection is the simplest of the four and offers basic necklaces and bracelets for engraving.
As a fine jewelry line, Nouvel Heritage uses 18-karat gold in most of their pieces, and favors gemstones like tourmalines, opals, sapphires and spinal over diamonds, which are used sparingly in their collection. Some of our favorite pieces includes a pair of long opal earrings that use three carats of blue opal, 0.45 carats of white diamond, 1.7 carats of red spinal and 6.57 carats of rhodolite. For more modern trendsetters, the torque collar offers the option of adding interchangeable chains and charms for a customized neck piece.
Nouvel Heritage is available online and priced from $700-$22,150.