The Jewelry Insider

May 12, 2009

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The Tournaire Paris Boutique, run by high-end jewelry designer, Phillippe Tournaire,
is introducing its stunning new architectural collections to the U.S. market at the Couture Show from May 28th – June 2nd at the Wynn in Las Vegas.

Handmade from 18-karat gold, platinum and
precious stones, the rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces mimic the design of
architectural dazzlers from around the world, including French castles, Chinese landmarks and Roman masterworks.

And while the hope is that the couture concept will have a global appeal for customers who want, say, a slice of the Manhattan skyline on their ring finger, Tournaire is also betting on special orders from jewelry lovers who want their own homes to glitter in gold.

According to National Jeweler, the designer uses Google Earth to get a birds’ eye view of his  clients’ vast villas and estates and then meticulously recreates the major architectural details into an 18k gold or platinum piece. For rings, he uses a flattened shank so the piece can be displayed when not being worn.

The price tag for such an extravagance is currently unknown, but we’re sure most of us would have to take out a second mortgage in order to sport one of our own.

They say “Home is where the heart is.” But if you don’t have a small fortune to create a Tournaire necklace out of your duplex, maybe a nice framed photo would do just as well.

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