Every year, while Americans are celebrating the Fourth of July over fireworks, sparklers of an entirely different variety descend on Paris around the same time. Known as Paris Couture Week, this important summertime event is when some of the most influential fine jewelry houses unveil their high jewelry collections to buyers, press and other VIPs.
Most gem collectors and jewelry enthusiasts won’t need a specific reason to make a day of visiting the American Museum of Natural History’s newly renovated Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals, but the advent of a new special exhibition might compel you to go sooner than later.
In 2011, Chinese jewelry artist Dickson Yewn was relatively unknown beyond the most exclusive collecting circles. Then First Lady Michelle Obama was photographed wearing one of his rings during a state dinner. It was the celebrity moment that put him on the map.