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TEFAF Maastricht, known for its antiques and Old Master paintings, is also known for its high jewelry stands. In addition to this year’s over 275 galleries there were jewelry maisons from over 20 countries.
Alexandre Reza, the multitalented, Paris-based jeweler known for his work with rare and precious gems, showcased a diverse range of jewels that ranged from heritage pieces to more modern designs that were envisioned by his son, Olivier.
REZA’s Bague La Chose ring—a gargantuan 11.72-ct natural Columbian cabochon emerald, set in a glorious rose gold spotted diamond mount—was seen alongside the likes of the Carcan necklace—a stunning necklace compiled of 154 natural pearls and 11 uniquely-shaped diamonds set in yellow gold. Briolette earring pairs featured two round cabochon rubies (weighing about 2.58 carats), surrounded by six fancy yellow briolette-cut diamonds (weighing about 21.65 carats), and trapeze-shaped diamonds to complement.
While it is clear that REZA uses only the finest, most sought-after gems—in rarity, appearance, and worth—the designer also has an eye towards design, pairing precious stones with clean, consistent, and interesting shapes, colors, and metals.