Parisian jeweler Mauboussin, founded as a small artisan jewelry shop in 1827, has grown from its longtime Paris boutique on the Place Vendôme into world-wide renown, adding shops on the Champs Elysées and in Tokyo created by design star Aki Kuroda, and another landmark shop in Singapore. In 2008 the company opened its first American flagship store, on Madison Avenue in New York.
That New York store, a five-story showcase for Mauboussin’s high-end jewelry, contemporary creations and accessories, has now been completely redesigned. To celebrate the grand opening of the “new” boutique, and to introduce its newest collections, Mauboussin is throwing a party hosted by its worldwide chairman, Alain Nemarq, complete with French wines, delicacies and music. It’s by invitation only, but as a France Today reader, you’re invited. And everyone attending the soirée can take advantage of a 10% discount that evening on any merchandise in the store.
The event is a perfect occasion to admire Mauboussin’s newest designs, among them the Vraiment Toi ring with its bold amethyst set in white gold with pavé diamonds; the stylish Premier Jour ring, sparkling with white-gold beads; and the sleek Temps d’Amour and Temps de Toi watches, gleaming with white mother-of-pearl faces, diamond bezels and black satin straps.
Mauboussin has long been known for its brilliant use of colorful stones—in 1939 Charlie Chaplin bought his wife, Paulette Goddard, a dazzling gold bracelet with floral motifs in cabochon emeralds and diamonds to console her for not getting the role of Scarlett in Gone with the Wind—and the current collection continues that tradition.
Whether it’s the Petite Rose d’Amour, a cushion-cut rose quartz stone in soft blush pink; the Perle d’Or Mon Amour, with its golden pearl surrounded by white and cognac pavé diamonds; or the yellow diamond and mother-of-pearl ring Tu Es Mon Soleil, all of Mauboussin’s collections combine venerable savoir-faire with imaginative new design sure to appeal to today’s modern, independent woman.
Thursday, September 22, 5 to 8 pm. Invitation valid for one France Today reader and one guest. To attend the party, please RSVP to [email protected]
Mauboussin 714 Madison Avenue (between 63rd and 64th Streets), New York, NY. (212) 752-4300. website