The Glass review: Taffin – the jewellery of James de Givenchy

JAMES Claude Taffin de Givenchy (nephew of Hubert Givenchy) was born in the outskirts of Paris in 1963, moving to New York in the ‘80s to study fine arts. Initially working in the auction world, Givenchy was inspired by famous
jewellers such as Jeanne Toussaint (of Cartier) and Rene Boivin to set up his own exquisite  jewellery house, now famous for the incredible beauty and rarity of its pieces.
Images from the book
Some of his most stunning work is showcased in this book  – including his favourite piece –a ring of pink Burmese sapphires. Like many creative visionairies, it is said that “James must fall in love with a stone at the start” to produce his pieces. This breathtaking romance is perfectly captured in some of our favourite pieces – a black diamond mounted on a white square of ceramic perched on a ring, for example. A treasure of superlative fine jewellery design.
by Ethan Long
 Taffin – the jewellery of James de Givenchy by Taffin De Givenchy and Stephanie LaCava, (£100) published by Rizzoli  is available here

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