MAKER SPOTLIGHT

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PALOMA PICASSO

A Life in Art

Paloma Picasso (b. 1949) began her jewelry career fashioning costume pieces for herself from rhinestones and decorative beading culled from Paris flea market finds. The daughter of Pablo Picasso and Françoise Gilot, she spent her early childhood surrounded by artists and was encouraged by her parents to create. Though she was initially reluctant to enter the world of design, not wanting to be compared to her father or seen to be trading on the family name, her costume jewelry caught the eye of Yves Saint Laurent who asked her to design accessories for his ready-to-wear collections.

Following her work with Saint Laurent and a brief stint with Greek jewelry house Zolotas, Picasso began her long association with Tiffany & Co. in 1980. She is one of only five jewelers, along with Jean Schlumberger, Angela Cummings, Elsa Peretti and Frank Gehry, to have signature collections with Tiffany. Her first, “Paloma’s Graffiti,” was inspired by the burgeoning street art movement taking hold in New York at the time. It is still one of her most popular today.

Colored stones in bold gold settings characterize Picasso’s aesthetic. She came of age in an era of brash glamour and her work still resonates with those 1980s’ influences. Using the legendary craftsmanship of the Tiffany workshops, she continues to create new collections firmly rooted in her distinctly personal design vocabulary.

Following her work with Saint Laurent and a brief stint with Greek jewelry house Zolotas, Picasso began her long association with Tiffany & Co. in 1980. She is one of only five jewelers, along with Jean Schlumberger, Angela Cummings, Elsa Peretti and Frank Gehry, to have signature collections with Tiffany. Her first, “Paloma’s Graffiti,” was inspired by the burgeoning street art movement taking hold in New York at the time. It is still one of her most popular today.

Colored stones in bold gold settings characterize Picasso’s aesthetic. She came of age in an era of brash glamour and her work still resonates with those 1980s’ influences. Using the legendary craftsmanship of the Tiffany workshops, she continues to create new collections firmly rooted in her distinctly personal design vocabulary.

Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co. 18K Yellow Gold and Diamond Bracelet
Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co. 18K Yellow Gold and Diamond Bracelet
Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co. 18K Yellow Gold and Diamond Bracelet

Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co. 18K Yellow Gold and Diamond Bracelet

Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co. Peridot and Diamond Earrings
Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co. Peridot and Diamond Earrings
Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co. Peridot and Diamond Earrings

Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co. Peridot and Diamond Earrings