Finding the perfect bauble is all about the hunt, but with so much to see in Paris it’s nice to have some of the legwork done for you. That’s the idea behind Hod, a kind of jewelry collective that offers handpicked pieces from a group of fashion-savvy designers covering all the fashion bases. Opened a year ago on the rue Vieille du Temple—the central spine of the Marais shopping wonderland—Hod quickly became the darling of Paris fashion editors, who regularly ransack the boutique for up-and-coming as well as established talent.
The current rage for delicate styles to mix and match is well represented here, with necklaces, bracelets and rings dangling semiprecious stones, pearls or diamonds, including Ileana Makri’s winsome serpent necklace, a slender snake with scales of pavé magenta, brown or white diamonds and a brilliant yellow diamond eye. The boutique’s own line—called Doh—includes stylish diamond rings gently priced at $300 to $600. Some of the more unusual pieces include lifelike scarab rings in lustrous green enamel from Honorine Jewels, and Jacquie Aïche’s gold-mounted geode rings, earrings and necklaces. There are also superb one-of-a-kind accessories: hand-dyed silk and linen scarves, one-off bags in exotic skins like python or shagreen (the French galuchat), and colorful butterfly belts.
104 rue Vieille du Temple, 3rd, 09.53.15.83.34
Originally published in the September 2012 issue of France Today