The Jewelry Insider

October 29, 2008

With jewelry looking bigger and bolder these days, it’s no surprise that one of the industry’s famous statement makers is making her mark on the trend.

Tiffany designer, Paloma Picasso, launched a dynamic new collection – Zellige – taking inspiration from the centuries-old mosaics that surround the fountain at her home in Morocco.

The craft of Zellige combines colorful enameled tiles in geometric motifs using an almost puzzle-like pattern of open squares, angles and circles. Picasso’s line uses 18 karat yellow and white gold and features domed diamond and gemstone rings, medallion pendants and necklaces accented with black and white enamel.

“Jewelry is about timelessness. A piece of jewelry is here to stay much longer than a dress or gown. You want it to look good, fresh and modern today but you also want it to look good 30 or 300 years down the line,” Picasso explains.

The iconic designer is also a fan of the jewelry box staple. Her favorite pieces are a set of nine intertwined bangle bracelets and two pairs of simple earrings: a set of hammered gold balls and a simple pair of white gold earrings with diamonds.

Style and substance – a refreshing combination these days, no?

Visit for a complete look at the Zellige collection and other glittering Picasso offerings.

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