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10 questions with Marie Poniatowski


Global Blue interviews French jewellery designer Marie Poniatowski and talks to her about her jewellery brand Stone Paris, her favourite jewellery pieces and her favourite places to eat in Paris

Emily Scrivener
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Emily Scrivener ,

You used to work in the film industry. What made you want to start your fine jewellery brand, Stone Paris?
After a trip to New York, I realized there were no fine jewellery designers in France apart from those at place Vendôme. So, in 2004, I decided to create an accessible yet precious jewellery line that was affordable for women and could be worn every day.

What are the inspirations behind your jewellery designs?
My inspirations come from everywhere, mostly from early 19th century vintage jewellery, but also travel memories, nature fragments and even architectural details.

Stone Paris is just about to launch its new collection. Tell us about a key piece.
I have just designed a new signet ring that I’m crazy about. It’s smaller than the ones I did before so can be worn every day. There will be three versions with different designs and you’ll also be able to order it with a bespoke initial, exclusively in our store or via the website.

Which are your favourite pieces in your jewellery box?
My Tess ring as I designed it last year for my daughter and named it after her. I liked the idea of creating a piece that I would give to her when she is old enough. Until then, I carry her with me all day every day. Also my wedding band – it’s just a simple large white gold band because I didn’t design jewellery at the time, but it is so precious to me anyway!

What do you think will be the next key trend in jewellery?
Mini hoops and all small earrings. It’s already a huge trend and I don’t think it will slow down anytime soon. We have customers getting their ears pierced so they can wear more and more.

Which five items do you always carry in your handbag?
My iPhone, my jewellery pouch, a tube of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour cream, a powder by Mac and my glasses.

What do you love most about where you live?
Firstly, it’s amazing living next to the Jardin des Tuileries park and the Louvre. Secondly, I’m lucky enough to live close to my family, we’re all practically in the same block! And I’ve lived there almost my whole life, so it’s my home. I’ve known everyone for so long and it feels like a village.

Where are your favourite places to eat in Paris?
La La Cuisine is the new restaurant in my sister’s home decor shop – a five-minute walk from my office – and I go for lunch all the time. For dinner, I love chef Jean-François Piège’s Clover Grill as he cooks the most delicious meat!

Where do you like to shop?
I mostly shop online on MontaigneMarket.com or Mytheresa.com for clothes and accessories. For the rest, I’m addicted to Amazon.

You have created jewellery lines for Bonpoint and Colette, and opened your own store in Paris on rue des Saints-Pères. What is next for the Stone Paris brand?
We are launching an e-shop at the end of September. It was a lot of work creating the idea and designing it from scratch but I love the results and I’m so happy we can finally reach customers all over the world. I’m very excited to show it now.

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