ON THE INTIMACY OF THE HIGH JEWELRY COLLECTION CREATIVE PROCESS, KATE MOSS OPEN US THE BACKSTAGES OF THIS UNIQUE COLLABORATION.
Valérie Messika has pioneered and changed-up the diamond industry since entering the market – is this one of the reasons you wanted to work with her?
Yes – absolutely! She’s talented, young, and edgy. She gets it! The women of today want to wear diamonds with a modern twist and be comfortable.
Can you describe what the design process was like with Valérie Messika? What was your implication? What was your role?
Initially, we met in Paris and got on very well! After discussing our mutual love of jewelry, we decided to collaborate on a collection together. To our first creative meeting, I wanted to give Valérie a better understanding of my bohemian taste and the pieces I love – so I brought my jewelry box with me. After that, we had several meetings in person and also virtuals ones. Mood-Boards were sent back and forth between us. Valérie did a great job interpreting my taste into the aesthetic of Messika.
What inspired you for the creation of this high jewelry collection?
The pieces were inspired by my eclectic tastes, few pieces from my jewelry box, different cultures, and eras that I love, the 20’s and 70’s.
Were there any challenges during the creative process?
I’d say translating the inspiration from my vintage pieces into Messika’s clientele modern environment was the biggest one.
How long did it take to create?
Valérie and I met several times over a few months. I would say the creative process took at least one year with the back-and-forth between us. We created the pieces at Maison’s Parisian high jewelry Atelier.
You are an icon to generations of women – which wisdom have you gained through working in the creative industry?
Trust your instincts.
Messika believes in not locking diamonds away and being able to enjoy them every day. Which piece would you choose to wear every day for the rest of your life?
And this is what I love about the Messika ethos. I enjoy jewelry every day, so I am always changing what I wear – there’s nothing I wouldn’t ever take off.
In your opinion – what’s a crucial characteristic for a high jewelry piece?
The quality and provenance of the stones are super important. With proven diamond expertise, I know Messika carefully selects each diamond for its natural beauty.
What is your favorite piece from the collection?
The gorgeous white diamond necklace influence was stained glass. The baguette/emerald golden bracelet was by art deco.
How would you describe the collection in three words?