I remember the moment I first saw Paloma Picasso’s Venezia collection. I also remember being completely (and uncharacteristically) overcome with desire. It is quite unusual for me to be so strongly drawn to jewellery and yet this piece clearly spoke to me.
View the current range of Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co.
Within an instant of our first encounter I was whisked across the seas to a glorious, cloudless day in the Piazza San Marco. The square is full of the chatter of happy tourists, the smell of coffee weaves in and out of the sweet salty air, and we wander to the rhythmic bump of the gondolas rubbing against centuries old stone.
Not only a memory, but also a subtle and yet yearning symbolic relevance. An arch; the first principle; and for me a perfectly complete microcosm of the magic of architecture. This is what makes thoughtful design so amazing. It has the most incredible power to provoke memories, engender an emotional response, and impress a lasting legacy.
I can only imagine that Paloma absorbed some of this evocative and penetrating talent from her father – such are we formed by our fore-bearers. She has been a jewellery designer for Tiffany & Co. for more than 30 years and during this time has created some of the world’s most iconic and extraordinary pieces of jewellery.
Paloma sources much of her inspiration from the life she has lived and the places she loves. I am sure that it is the careful and considered invocation of such lived experiences that imbue such immeasurable value to a select and meaningful few of the inanimate objects of our lives.
Alas, my ‘love at first sight’ encounter occurred when I was but a lustful student. I walked wistfully away from the wondrous golden article and left it where it lay, perhaps (and hopefully) to come upon it again some other day…
For many years thereafter I experienced occasional momentary glimpses within my mind’s eye of those perfect and endless shimmering gold arches.
Luckily, my partner has as strong an affiliation with the timelessness and quality that I do. In fact, he also has a level of unrelenting determination far above and beyond my own! Unbeknown to me he searched year on end for this now impossible to source piece (which has now been retired from the Tiffany & Co. collection for many years) and earlier this year discovered a rare piece in a small antique jeweller in middle America.
—It is an uncharacteristically warm winter’s day and I am handed a small, simply wrapped gift…