As the famous Marilyn Monroe sang in Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend, "The French are glad to die for love, they delight in fighting duels...but I prefer a man who lives and gives expensive jewels!" With these words of wisdom, we take you window shopping for some luxury gifts in The City of Light. A personal tour of Paris’ best jewelry houses in seven key stops that will make you want to book your plane tickets right this very moment!
With Tiffany’s and Harry Winston, Cartier made an entry into the Pantheon of the greatest jewelers long before we were even born. The brand was championed by some of the world’s most beautiful women, including Elizabeth Taylor, and is still a testimony of Parisian beauty and heritage today. Its classic pieces, the “Tank” Watch and the “Panthère” or Love Bracelets are just as popular as time goes by.
Address: Cartier, 13 rue de la Paix, 75002 Paris
Bucherer’s Paris boutique is one of the largest stores in the world. Located at the heart of the Triangle d’Or, the store is a must-visit for rare colored diamonds and sought-after pearls. It offers three floors of fine jewelry and luxury watches, designed by Rolex and Chopard, that you simply cannot miss when in France.
Address: Bucherer, 12 boulevard des Capucines, 75009 Paris
3) VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
Founded in 1906 at Place Vendôme, this iconic Parisian jeweler has maintained a reputation for innovation. Van Cleef & Arpels regularly introduce new themes and collections that can be enjoyed on the occasional splurge or religiously sought after by avid jewelry collectors. For glamorous pendants and precious jewelry, you are in the right place. If you’re the creative type, the house also offers regular jewelry workshops where customers can learn its design techniques and discover its collection of vintage jewelry.
Address: Van Cleef & Arpels, 22-24 place Vendôme, 75001 Paris
Chaumet has played a significant part in French history ever since its founding in 1780, after which it soon became the appointed jeweler of Emperor Napoléon. Since then, passion and expertise have been passed down through generations.. All Chaumet diamonds and precious stones have been carefully selected for their exceptional purity and sparkle. They have the most mesmerizing collections featuring tiaras, jewelry, and timepieces. The store at Place Vendôme incorporates the flagship boutique, the historic salons, and the high jewelry workshop.
Address: Chaumet, 12 place Vendôme, 75001 Paris
5) LOUIS VUITTON
World-famous French fashion house Louis Vuitton is most well-known for its iconic luxury luggage and accessories, available at the Champs-Elysées store. Its luxurious jewelry boutique at Place Vendôme is also a must-see when in Paris. Located right behind the first building which opened in 1854, this vintage boutique sells new jewelry and watch collections, and a complete range of precious gemstones. We love how all the watches come in Louis Vuitton’s signature monogrammed cases. A perfect souvenir!
Address: Louis Vuitton, 23 place Vendôme, 75001 Paris
Swiss luxury house Piaget was founded in 1874, and boasts its largest store in the world in beautiful Paris. This 510m2 shop is on the Rue de la Paix and is built by architect Christine Querlioz. The creations, including the iconic Possession Ring, silver hearts and rose motif pendants, drop earrings and stunning precious necklaces, are beautifully exhibited in this flagship store.
Address: Piaget, 7 rue de la Paix, 75002 Paris
7) TIFFANY & CO
For all the Americans in Paris feeling a bit nostalgic, there’s no place like Tiffany’s. The most popular brand in New York is renowned for its distinctive blue boxes. Inside the Champs Elysées shop, you’ll rediscover striking diamonds and perfect engagement rings. Its colorful jewels and classic key & heart lock necklaces are perfect gifts for a special occasion or a charming treat to yourself!
Address: Tiffany & Co, 62 avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris