18 Episodes, with 54 of the most passionate Jewellers tasked to create the most beautiful jewels in the world. Including unique NEVER-SEEN-BEFORE footage of their secret workshops.
Master Chefs Kings of the Kitchen, The Watchmen, UltraCars
The Royal Jewellers, Fashion Folk, Design & Decoration,
Masters of Music and more:
1. Aardwerk - Emiel and Esther Aardewerk
2. Antonini - Sergio Antonini
3. ArtJewels - Didier Haspeslagh
4. Bayco - Giacomo & Moris Hadjibay
5. Bonato - Armando Pasini
6. Buccellati - Gianmaria & Luca
7. Butani - Mukesh & Manoj Butani
8. Chatila - Marwan Nicolas Chatila
9. Giorgio Visconti - Fabrizio Visconti
10. Louis Golay - Paulo Marques
11. Jorg Heinz & Son
12. Karp - Savani Mayank
13. Koopman - Louis Smith
14. Leo Pizzo -
15. Mahallati - Mehran Mahallati
16. Mai Manniche
17. Alisa Moussaieff
18. Roberto Demeglio
19. Shamballa - Mikkel & Mads Kornerup
20. Century - Philip W. A. Klingenberg
21. Delaneau - David Gouten & Brigitte Morina
22. Jacobs&Co - Jacob Arabo
23. Marcus Mohr - Victor Mayer
"PARIS - Dominique Watine Arnault & Yan Sicard - FRED -Sister of LVMH's Bernard Arnault and French jewellery designer Sicard, take over from where Henri Samuels left off.
When I arrived at Fred, Mr. Fred asked me "I have a big client who would like to buy rare blue stones. I can't find a blue stone". I replied "I'll have to think about it and perhaps it's possible for me. I have a good friend, and my friend has a 26 carats flawless blue diamond". When I met Mr. Fred I said "I think I have found the stone for your client" and he sold it.
LONDON- David McCarty- McCabe-McCarty - London's quintessential objet d'art makers [ex-Cartier].
When i first joined the company which was 1959, Cartier were all owned by the Cartier family. Jack Cartier owned the London business and his cousins had the other two, and he was the last one to sell.
He used to give me my bonus every christmas. He was lovely, great guy, Ialways thought that he was a little bit nervous and shy in some ways about us. We were in awe of him. It was sort of tweedle dum and tweedle dee really.
GENEVA- Karl-Friedrich Scheufele - CHOPARD LUC
People like to know who is behind the product. They like to see there is a continuation, there is tradition, it is a family company involved. It is not just another name that has been bought by another name.
"ATHENS- Ilias Lalaounis - "Grecian Gold" inspired by history and prehistory.
The big imagination that I have, if I was for example sculpting in marble - one piece every two or three years I would never have been able to realize more than 60,000 designs that I have created.
LONDON- Leo Devroomen - Dutch goldsmith based in London
David Thomas was the golden boy of the Goldsmiths Hall. I was very lucky to meet him. He had just left the Royal College, and he had no money and he employed one very young apprentice craftsman and I went to see him on a Saturday morning on my day off. His mum told me where he was, it was pure accident. David said sit down and see if you can make these rings.
My break came because David could not really afford me and he thought "I'll get him a teaching job at the Colledge here in London at the Central School of Art and Design". It had only just been set up and they were looking for tutors. He was teaching there himself and they needed someone to show the practical side and that was the best type of education that anybody could ever have.
NEW YORK - Sami Habijay - Piranesi Jewellers
20 to 30 years ago there was a room for a lot of people to make money, the guys buying the rough from the mine, selling it in Bangkok, dealers going to Bangkok buying the stones and bringing them in and selling to the other dealers, these people selling to the manufacturer, the manufacturer selling it to the retail store.
A piece that came from the mines at $1,000.00 per carat, by the time it would reach the customer it would be $5,000.00. Now there is no middle man, he has gone. Now you are talking to manufacturers and they are buying direct from the source, trying to go to the retail stores and direct to the private customer.
SERIES 1 The Royal Jewellers ep11
"LONDON- Robert Mouawad - The only jeweller to receive the GIA's Lifetime Achievement Award, Robert Mouawad takes us on a tour ofhis workshops in 3 continents aboard his business jet, and leisurely cruise through the Greek Islands on his 210 ft "Cedar Sea".
You know stones are my heart, they are my life, my passion. I breathe through stones. I used to buy big rough and cut them, to get the biggest stones ever, and the best quality. I was the one to own for instance, the Jubilee. I owned the Premier Rose and from that time I cut three stones over 100 carats and they do carry my name. Whoever today wants a big stone, does not have many addresses to visit, I am one of them.
MADRID- Maria Eugenia Giron - ex-Loewe, now Carrera's CEO MADRID- Manuel Carrera - Carrera y Carrera
It is an artistic job, artistic work that creates a piece of vanity, in a world of vanity . It is not just something to put on a mantle piece. It is something spiritual and something cultural. It is the only thing along with architecture and art that represents history. You can see the history of a nation through its jewellery.
The biggest desire that the musician Rostropovich has, is to come to Madrid and have a glass of wine and a little bit of Tapas with me in the centre of Madrid. We are the best of friends, twin souls and talk for hours even though I don't understand nor speak French and he doesn't speak Spanish.
PARIS - Francois Curiel - Christies - The hand that rocks the gavel in multi-million dollar jewellery auctions.
His promotion, or rather lack of promotion, makes everyone want to buy a piece of jewellery by JAR. I remember the first exhibition in 1977 in New York. You were given a flashlight and a catalogue and you were asked to go into a room which was semi dark because it was like a treasure hunt.
I don't know if you have been to his shop at 7 place Vendome in Paris. It is a shop where there is nothing in the window, not even a name. There is a nasty little bell and none of this business of here come and look at my marvellous jewels - nothing. And if they don't know you and you press the bell, they say ' what do you want?' Well I would like to see some jewellery! Sorry we are a small firm, we have nothing to show you, there is nothing today. So they make it very, very difficult for you to buy.
MUNICH- Marcus Mohr - Faberge - Master Craftsman of the late Czar's favourite gift item-the imperial egg.
Faberge actually was not considered a goldsmith himself. He was not making the things himself and there are only a few sketches that he actually drew himself. Different so-called work masters who were working more or less independently under his surveillance made the items. One was a specialist in enameling, one was specialised in silver, the other in jewellery.
VALENZA- Pietro-Luigi Illario, Mario Dessi - Valenca, ItalyJewellers the "make" behind many Place Vendome jewellers.
Ten years ago I thought I would like to design jewellery for passion. I knew the technical side of the business, the style. As a designer, it is important to use emotion. Emotion is being able to see things, to observe people, to draw the designs that are different.
When I draw jewelery designs I don't think about jewellery, I don't look at the window of a jewellery shop for inspiration. It is only to know what exists in the marketplace so that it is not possible to draw something similar.
The Royal Jewellers S01 ep8 Judith Lieber, Richemont, Sabadini
"NEW YORK - Victor Lipko - Judith Lieber - Glitzy-glamour evening jewellery in the shape of a purse.
She made beautiful products, and they lasted. She would go on a public appearance and a woman would come and say, Mrs. Leiber I bought this fifteen years ago, see how great it is. And she would says"It is time you bought another one!" Judith started making handbags on her own in 1963.She became a GI bride, came to the United States after the war and worked for the most prestigious Handbag Company at the time, which was Nettie Rosenstein. In fact Judith made Mamie Eisenhower's inaugural bag, with the Nettie Rosenstein label. Eventually she got tired of working for other people and in 1963 she hung out her own shingle.
PARIS - Michel Gouten - LANCEL - VP Cartier & CEO Lancel chats about the latest Richemont acquisition.
The potential today for a "small" luxury company is larger because the large luxury conglomerates have extended the taste of the people. If you are a creator and you give to the people something attractive and someting that they really love, they will buy and you will be a success.
MILAN- Piero Sabadini - Next generation of a Milanese housewhich specialises in the biggest & most colorful diamonds.
The first time I had a fancy pink diamond in my hand 5 or 6 carat heart shape and it had a value of maybe 200,000 $ per carat I was 23 years old. I remember I called my father in Italy and I said I had known that he had seen them before but I was holding something that at the time was worth one million dollars. When you put something like that in your hand it gives you a push to study and to go on and see what else there is.
The Royal Jewellers S01 ep1 Laurence Graff, Patrick Mauboussin & Henry Dunay.
"LONDON- Laurence Graff- A London "rock star" [Diamonds]. It has already been said that more important gem quality diamonds have passed through his hands than any other living dealer.
He [Mike Tyson] was a very nice fellow and I took a view when I let him walk out of the shop with $1M of merchandise, he said he’d be paying. I don’t think a man of such high profile wouldn’t pay and on his second visit to London, he walked into this showroom, came to this desk where we are sitting and put his arm around me and kissed me. I looked at him and said, "but Mike, you owe me money!" "What, he never paid it, son of a gun, white trash etc, etc." . It was scary. Nevertheless in a few days it was paid up. It was good publicity.
PARIS - Patrick Mauboussin - Royal Jeweller & maker ofanimatronic objets d'art, Mauboussin also adds project managing agiant jewel in the form of the Place Vendome residence ofthe Sultan of Brunei to his collection.
I discovered that from nothing, from a piece of flat metal, with your hand and with a wish that you have, you can hammer it perfectly or create something and from nothing you create something that has a proper life. .
NEW YORK - Henry Dunay- Irrespressible multi-awared-winning Jeweller/Goldsmith to the stars.
One of the funniest things was making a chastity belt for a woman. Her husband ordered it and she would come in, in black leotards and we would adjust it and measure it, and fit it and finally, the hardest part was the lock and then I had to make a diamond key!
The Royal Jewellers S01 ep9 Gaspari, Christofle & Chopard
"VALENZA- Odile & Maria Gaspari - "Haute Jeweller" located in a Medieval Castle in Valenza - the heart of Italian Fine Jewellery.
I was always in love with the jewelry, since I was a baby. When I was a baby my mother used to put me in the office behind us, with a bag and I used to sleep there. When I was 7 years old I went to Moussaieff in London and Schlomo had two sapphires in his hand and asked me which sapphire was from Kashmir. I looked at them and said this one is Kashmir. He told my mother, "I can’t believe it, how can she say that this is Kashmir?", because I was only 7 years old.
PARIS - Albert Bouilhet - Christofle - Dynasty of silversmiths and sculptors.
In 1830 two brothers in laws one was called Charles Christofle and the other was Joseph Bouilhet were partners in jewellery store in Paris. Ten years later in 1840 they met a rather very strange type of character that you would find in the middle of the 19th century this man was called Henri De Ruolz - He was a chemist, a play writer, an opera composer and most likely a crook on top of all that. He sold to my ancestors the patent of Electroplating, which he pretended that he had invented, and in reality, he had worked on the work of two brilliant British silversmiths called Elkington.
GENEVA- Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele - Chopard - Hands-on family jewellery dynasty known for their 'Happy Diamonds".
Once I went to an exhibition and it was one of the very first that my father sent me to, in the Philippines[at the time of Imelda Marcos]. They needed a family member and I was just 17 and I was just sort of helping out. My father told them, 'the Vice President will be coming' and as I walked out of the plane with jeans and t-shirt they asked "Where is the Vice President?' and then our representative said, 'She is here'. Then they said, 'Oh my God she is a kid!'.
The Royal Jewellers S01 ep6 Repossi, Scavia & Robert Lee Morris.
"PARIS - Alberto Repossi - A Monte-Carlo Jeweller in Paris.
You can imagine 32 year ago it was a big adventure to go to the Tribal zone of Bhurma or Pakistan. To buy raw stones you must carry cash money so you are not very sure that once you buy you would actually reach home safely. So our philosophy was always to buy four and to leave one behind like a sample - take the sample for my next trip so you have the sample for the colour we need. This was insurance. It was therefore not necessary to kill us and to take the money and the stones.
MILAN- Fulvio-Maria Scavia- Sculptor ofArchitectural jewelleryand winner of numerous DEBEERS diamond awards.
I was very arrogant at that time. I would say "I show the world what I feel, and what I feel would be the best".Now I wouldn’t say something like that, at age 54, but at that time I was very strong and engaging and proud. Proud in the sense that I knew I wanted to work hard, to make the best .
NEW YORK - Rob Lee Morris - When Warhol was painting,Lee Morris was sculpting. Creator ofthe concept of"Art Jewellery" ,he also creates for Donna Karan.
I had been discovered at a craft fair by a very prominent gallery owner - Mrs. Joan Sonovan And 'Sculpture to Wear' was really the thing that turned it all on for me. It was jewellery by very famous artists, that most people don't even know about - Picasso, Man Ray, Arp, Max Ernst, all the great ones, Brach, Miro they all did some kind of jewellery, and in that jewellery everything about that artist came forward. So I said to myself 'Oh my God this who I am, this is what I want to do and I am not famous for anything else yet, but I want to use jewellery as my primary medium of art'.
The Royal Jewellers S01 ep5 ST Dupont, Terzano & Verdura
"PARIS - William Christie - ST Dupont - precision French writing instrument and lighter manufacturer.
Dupont is a brand that started in 1872 mainly as a leather goods manufacturer producing very, very high quality leather goods for the most famous people in the world. For example the gift from the French Republic to Queen Elizabeth the II on her marriage was a Dupont travelling case.
MILAN- Roberta & Alessandro Terzano - JEWELLERS -Valenza's Italo-Germanic mix.
It is very difficult to work in a family business, but at the same time, the force is together. We have different tastes and often quarrel, crying and shouting here in this office - but this is normal for Italians because we are passionate.
NEW YORK - Ward Ladragin- Fuoco Verdura - Jeweller who used to design for Chanel.
I first heard about Verdura in a sort of embarrassing way. It was 1969 and I was doing an appraisal in Dallas Texas for Lilly Ponds - she was a big movie star in her day. She was French and she was also an Opera Singer before she became a Movie Star and she had a lot of Verdura jewellery. I had never ever seen the name before and this jewellery was quite amazing, it was sort of stars and comets. I asked "Can you tell me more about it?" I was 24 and I was head of the jewellery department at Sotherby's. She said "Young man, you don't know who Fuoco Verdura is?" I said "No I don't" She said "When you get back to New York you should find out!"
The Royal Jewellers S01 ep3 Dior, Asprey & Adler
"PARIS - Victoire de Castellane -Christian Dior Jewellery -Already one of Paris' leading fashion houses,and part of Bernard Arnauld's LVMH, ex-Chanel jewellery-designer Victoire de Castellane has been charged with the task of creating a jewellery "New Look".
My father’s godmother was Barbara Hutton from the Woolworth’s family. Barbara Hutton gave to my mother beautiful jewelry. When I was five years old, I saw this jewelry and used a scizzors to cut it . I took it to my mother, and I started to change it, to transform it. When she finally saw it because I left all the pieces on the floor, she screamed "What happened to my jewelry?" I replied very naturally, "I am doing something better".
LONDON- William Asprey - The new "Asprey" on Mount Street under the auspices of the Asprey Family.
Because of my family history people know us they, have something unqiue and special they will call us and say, hey you know I've got something special I would like you to see it. So we will go and see it or they will bring it to us. O.k. we say we have, 1, 2, 3 clients who we really think this would just knock their socks off and they would have to have it. When you are talking about very special items you don't want them put in a shop window. I have taken three trunks full of goods to a client - you are asked to come and you go. When they see you is when they have the time. So yes you might have to wait for a week. Luckily with the advent of mobile phones you can actually wait slightly further away.
GENEVA- Carlos & Franklin Adler - Turkish born, Swiss trained innovative jewellers.
My father was going crazy when he saw the way my grandfather acted. Because my grandfather if he didn't like a customer , he threw them out. It was as simple as that. The first thing my father did, the moment my grandfather died , was take an axe and smash the shop to pieces.. he had such strong feelings. He hired a good architect, who was Swedish living in Turkey and made a total modern concept of a shop .
The Royal Jewellers S01 ep10 Bulgari, Swarovski & Kieselstein-Cord
"ROME- Francesco Trapani - Bulgari family member Trapani heads Italy's leading jewellery house.
My relationship with P & G [Procter & Gamble] started before Gianlucca [Brozetti- now CEO of ASPREY] in the sense I was a very good friend of a certain number of their people. One of them is Tony Belloni, who became COO of LVMH . This was at the beginning of the 80’s and I started going out with Tony and some others and a little later I learnt that the world of management was something I didn’t know at all and they started teaching me a certain number of things. .
PARIS - Rosemarie Le Gallais- D. Swarovski - Cut-glass Fashion Jewellery Accessories.
I have a very funny approach, you know, I never think about something being impossible. We are working with wonderful artisans, most of them in Paris for the moment. Sometimes when I give them the idea in the beginning they say 'Its impossible". When someone says it is impossible I become move convinced that I have to try. This "innocence" gives sometimes a really wonderful result. I put things in total contrast, with unexpected materials. I would put crystals with wood, or crystal with fur, and that made it modern and interesting and then you find ways of using it.
NEW YORK - Barry Kieselstein Cord - Jeweller/Artist whose work is exhibited in the Louvre
A few weeks ago, I had some people in here and they said "Oh you like old cars?" and I said "Yes I have a car racing team, we travel all around the country racing cars" They said "Excuse me...Wait a minute I thought you were a jewellery designer?" And I replied "Well, yes, I do that too". My dream when I was young, besides getting into these great museums, and making an indelable American brand, was very much to have an atelier very much like one of the Sun Kings.
The Royal Jewellers S01 ep17 Franck Muller, Moussaieff & Avakian
"GENEVA- Franck Muller - Grand Master ofComplications -genius watchmaker to the Stars.
I am able to imagine the individual parts and watch assembly in my mind - like a computer, without having to draw it or put it down on paper. I know the exact direction to take and what I have to do and I can design with my mind. This talent is extremely useful for antique watch restoration because when you see a movement, many of the parts are lost . You have to reinvent the missing parts, the mechanism and have parts made to the same specification as the original. You must match style, art and technology.
LONDON- Alisa Moussaieff- Royal Jewellers and dealers inmulti-million dollar jewels in the world.
Middle Eastern buyers are highly sophisticated shoppers, they don't want last years fashion, they want next years fashion. You've got to build a piece of jewellery keeping in mind that you may have to change it for them in a couple of years time, if they are fed up with the style.
GENEVA- Edmund Avakian - Royal Jewellers.
What do you do if somebody comes at 5 o'clock on Saturday afternoon for example, and wants to buy an important piece and pulls out the cheque book- he wants to pay you. He might be the most famous guy on the NASDAC or the most famous crook. So you have to use a lot of judgement.
The Royal Jewellers S01 ep14- Damiani, Bielka & Mellerio.
"MILAN- Silvia Damiani - Damiani is the fifth biggest jewellery company in the world.- still family owned.
It was 1994 and I was travelling with my father. We were in China and I remember it was a very surreal situation. We were on the border taking a train going from one country to the other it was like duty free place at a station and a big poster of Isabella Rossellini there looking at me, and she was so beautiful (and in the place was not beautiful at all). She represented beauty for me. We were in the middle of nowhere. I was tired, it was raining and I started to think 'that woman has so many things together in herself. She is Italian but she is international. She is really in my point of view an Icon of a certain type of intellectual beauty.
NEW YORK - Robert Bielka - The designer ofthe "ASPREY SUNFLOWER".
In 1973 my wife and I realised that to really get into fine jewellery New York was the place to be. and I got a job at Cartier. I have a book which shows the Cartier workshop from 1920, 1925 and it looked exactly the same, it hadn't changed in fifty years. I got lucky enough to sit right across from the two best jewellers in the shop, and so I was constantly watching. One guy called me the giraffe because I was always looking over.
PARIS - Francois Mellerio - 14 generations of Jewellers.
Mellerio is a very old family firm and was created in 1613 and I am the 14th generation. We have always been in the jewellery business - high jewellery, and also clock, watches and silver. We are definitely the oldest jeweller in France and maybe even in the world!
The Royal Jewellers S01 ep7 Lorenz Baumer, Jeremy Morris & Lina Fanourakis
"PARIS - Lorenz Baumer - Designer behing Chanel, Cartier, Piaget, Swatch creations.
You have to do two things at once. You have to be very knowledgeable of all the process and at the same time you have to forget about all of that, because pretty often you'll design something and the workshops they will always tell you, you can't do it, because it is very complicated to do. They don't want to take the chance of it not working out because it will be there fault. So you have to say I want it done this way and that is it, so just find a solution.
LONDON- Jeremy Morris - David Morris - London's modern "renaissance man" of Jewellery combines classic worksmanship with re-invigorated design.
I was really good at it. I don’t know why I made the choice. But what I do know is that once I actually started to make it, I found it enormously gratifying and actually 20 years later I think some of the most gratifying experiences I had was when I finished a piece of jewelry. It is a very fulfilling feeling.
ATHENS- Lina Fanourakis - Perhaps it is the way Lina Fanourakis is able to create "fabric texture" with gold, or her passion with combining fashion with antique jewellery settings which sets her apart.
I wanted to make big pieces, not very luxurious, not very shiny – the opposite. Really wrinkled and very, very sculptured but at the same time very light so that they are easily wearable. Because I always think that jewels have to be worn to enjoy them. Then I thought maybe I should take a sheet of really, really fine gold and burn it and wrinkle it, so this could be the "sculpture part" and then place another sheet underneath as support, so it became as thick as I want it, as big as I want it, and in between the two sheets of gold it was air. .
The Royal Jewellers S01 ep18 FP Journe, David Webb & Asprey's Brozetti
"GENEVA- Francois- Paul Journe - Master Watchmaker and protege of English watchmaker George Daniels.
The first year I presented my collection in Basel, there was just two watches in my collection. In a few days, I met all the important distributors from the whole world. My head was spinning! At 17 when I was working in my uncle’s workshop on antique watches, I was working on watches from the 16th Century, 17th, and 18th Century.All the richness of the watchmakers art of this time was extraordinary, because watchmaking was an avantgarde science and there was an array of incredibly creative people involved at the time. And I was being introduce to the biggest collectors.
NEW YORK - Stan Silverstein - David Webb - US Jewelleryinstitution - creator ofbig - bold jewellery pieces.
Webb's designs were bold, and it was never understated. It was never subtle it was designed to make a statement. It wasn't your traditional, take a stone, put 4 prongs around it and put it in a ring. It was really more wearable art. Every piece had something to say. We were never accused of being stone dealers we were jewellers. I always like to say that the price was greater than the some of the parts, because we always had so much other stuff in each piece, whether it was labour, attention to detail and it was just the way it was put together. It wasn't just pieces of stones and metal.
PARIS - Gianluca Brozetti - Ex-Bulgari, now Louis Vuitton[although he recently moved to Asprey in London]
When we were in McKenzie, the Gucci family was run by Maurizio with his cousins. They wanted to make the transition from family to management so they came to McKenzie and they got a General manager and a team of people from McKenzie's. It failed. Luxury goods have a spirit, have a soul. They are not just numbers, they are not just logistics they are not just mechanisms, there is something intangible that we sell to our clients that goes beyond the product. So on one side understanding the philosophy of the family which has been creating a successful story, I think it is a key ingredient to continue the successful story later on when you bring in more management, more systems, more professionalism - you should never forget that the success of that product started from a family where there was something intangible. .
"FLORENCE- Leopoldo Poli - La Nouvelle Bague - An actual "Renaissance Man" living in the real renaissance city of Florence,Tuscan jeweller LNB is leading the new renaissance of Italian wearable art.
My passion, my love is for art. I was a very, very bad student but I liked to learn. I wanted to know why beauty is beauty? Why beauty gives, as it is still giving me now, such emotion.
PARIS - Jean-Claude Le Rouzic- Boucheron - One ofParis' oldestJewellery houses located on Place Vendome.
I thought that the translation of the jewellery world into a perfume was insufficient. So when we started to work for Boucheron the concept was to go as far as we can to make the perfume be like a jewel.
NEW YORK - Helene Fortunoff- JEWELLER -5th Ave Jewellery Dynasty.
I like to get to the source. I mean we call ourselves Fortunoff the Source, and I would not be happy if I were not going and being able to purchase at where I knew I was getting the right price and where I could have an active negotiation. Part of the pleasure of the jewellery business, I would say is outright negotiation and understanding the nuances of the deal There is a huge amount of merchandise and you have rejection and you are able to tailor your parcels and when you are looking at million and millions of dollars of merchandise, it takes time, but you will get what you need.
"PARIS - Isabelle Guichot - Van Cleef & Arpels. After 14 years at Cartier ,the rising Star of Vendome tackles the arch-rival VanCleef & Arpels
A family run business, is a wonderful story because it gives a lot of archives, stories to tell and basically it gives the name and the patronage. On the other side the problem is that most of the time in those families you get different branches with different goals in life, different ways, different stories and over time it freezes totally the growth of the company .
BOLOGNA- Stefan Hafner - Jeweller to the Stars.
You know I've had Royal Highnesses in front of me or me in front of her, now I get confused if she is in front of me or I am in front of her because there is a moment you are there, you are shy, you are a bit nervous , when she looks at it and she loves it. This is the moment you feel equal to anybody in this world. It is such a gratifying feeling. You need this like you need food! But it has one draw back. It is not a money making proposition really. A friend of mind told me "Stefan you are too much in love with this business you will never make money". But I am happy if I make enough to give life to these designs you see.
PARIS - Pascal Courteault - Leroy Watches - French Haute Horology - makers of perfectionist watches - the watch of Kings and Eisenhowers.
The big problem is in the watch making business is that most of the watches come on the market as a two handed watch and then people try to put things on top of it, a calendar, a perpetual calendar, moon face or a power indicator. These movements are not designed for that.
PARIS - Gerard Tavenas - Lalique - Handcrafted Glass & Jewellery.
Henri Lalique has designed about 400 different models of scent bottles and today people are collecting those antique scent bottles. There was auction and one bottle was sold for 300,000 Euros!
LONDON- Stephen Webster - Ex-Punk Jeweller to Madonna & Guy Ritchie.
I was a punk and I was completely punk and I was probably one of the only ones in Hatton gardens at the time. I used to get picked on for that reason but I don't know if it was stubbornness or what, I stuck to that and I also stuck to jewellery. I went and worked for a designer, and it was then that I actually realized that there is much more to this industry.
SYDNEY- Stefano Canturi - JEWELLER - Moulin Rouge Necklace for Nicole Kidman & Belly-button for Britney Spears.
Moulin Rouge, and working with Nicole Kidman came about because of "word of mouth". Baz Luhrman and Catherine approached me and we sat together and he said to me, "I want professionals to walk into my movie and sit down and not be able to fault it. How do I do that?". I replied "The only way to do that is to make it real".