It’s a rainy afternoon in March and I’m in a cab to a jewelry showroom where Marie Beltrami is showing her collection as part of Paris Fashion Week. We cross Ponte Alexandre III with its gilded figures, a symbol of Paris for me and drive past Les Invalides, where the golden dome is gleaming in the rain. Soon, I’m knocking on the door of a Hausmanian apartment.
Marie Beltrami is a French artist who- amongst other things- is famous for her accessories and jewelry, which appears regularly on the pages of French Vogue and Elle. Her Mouse collection starred in recent Numero Tokyo and her Women Are Stars collection was featured in Vogue Taiwan, Biba and Aesus magazines.
First thing that I notice is that Marie’s crew look like they’ve just stepped down from the pages of French Vogue. Soon Maris herself, all high cheekbones, beautiful lips and pink hair, comes to say hello and takes me around the apartment to show me her jewelry collection.
She wears her recent Mouse Collection, stacks of golden mice on all her fingers. It’s has an unexpected and striking effect and I can’t take my eyes of her hands. I decide to try for myself and pile them on feeling like Clara from the Nutcracker at the dawn of the battle with the Mouse King. The jewelry feels magical.
We move on and Marie shows me yet another collection of hers, Women Are Stars…they are never gonna shut up. Earrings and neckless on black velvet look like a constellation of stars. I imagine the delicate gold and silver pieces (with names such as L’Egoïste and La Révoltée) against salty brown tan and I already know what I will be wearing comes the summer. And then I spot a piece de resistance of the collection, Les Prétentieuses earrings, cascades of silver stars with a twinkle of gold. I try it on and look at myself in a mirror, utterly transfixed. Marie’s jewelry is just like her- beautiful and unique. Now I can’t wait for her e-shop to open.