Jewels and Scents

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Jewels

Bijoux Burma
See website for locations.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend: true, but costume diamonds will do just fine. Bijoux Burma offers the best of both worlds, presenting a variety of colorful precious gems in bracelets, rings, necklaces, earrings and broaches, as well as costume jewelry that is sometimes even more spectacular.

Cartier, Boucheron and Buccellati are but a few of the famous jewelry shops on the place Vendôme in the 1st. Even if you aren’t ready to drop tens of thousands of dollars, this can be an enjoyable window-shopping experience. Afterward, drop in for tea at the Ritz Hotel, also on the place Vendôme.

Casoar
15, rue Boissy d’Anglas, in the 8th.
01 47 42 69 51.

For fun and fabulous costume jewelry that won’t break the bank but will be the envy of your friends, check out this tiny shop for killer rings, earrings and necklaces. There is no need to tell your friends that the jewels aren’t real—a smart girl never reveals her secrets.

Corpus Christi
6, rue Ravignan, in the 18th.
01 42 57 77 77.

Artsy, creative and lovely. Corpus Christi is a special little shop of original creations that we quite enjoy. If you spend over 175 euros at one shop, bring your passport and ask the shopkeeper to fill out the détaxe refund form.

Dinh Van
16, rue de la Paix, in the 2nd.
01 42 61 74 49.

A contemporary yet timeless look.

Dominique Denaive
7, rue du 29 Juillet, in the 1st. get map
01 42 61 78 22.

Colorful, ornate and unique jewelry composed mostly of semiprecious stones.

Françoise Montague
231, rue St.-Honoré, in the 1st. get map
01 42 60 80 16.

Particularly known for its elaborate necklaces, the store specializes in handmade vintage and costume jewelry.

JAR
Perfume: 14, rue de Castiglione, in the 1st.
Jewelry: 7, place Vendôme, in the 1st. get map
01 42 96 33 66.

For very exclusive jewels and perfume. Joel Arthur Rosenthal, a Harvard-educated New Yorker has a cult following. Both shops are by appointment only because of their sky-high prices. Don’t give up, as the shop is nearly impossible to find. Think you need your hubby to purchase these kinds of jewels? Don’t be silly!

Ted Alexander
109, rue du Bac, in the 7th Arrondissement.
01 45 44 42 24.

Ted Alexander’s collection of necklaces, earrings and bracelets adds just the right kind of sparkle to a smart ensemble. He even has tiny gold or silver charms of the Eiffel Tower, along with medallions from the neighboring pilgrimage site, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.

Scents

Annick Goutal
16, rue de Bellechasse, in the 7th.
01 45 51 36 13. See website for more locations.

Beautiful bottles and beautiful scents created by Ms. Goutal starting in 1981, now carried on by her daughter. Makes a great gift for someone you really cherish.

L’Artisan Parfumeur
50, rue des Sts.-Pères, in the 7th. get map
01 45 48 80 24.

With its emphasis on scents from nature, this world-renowned French perfume house sells both ready-made and personalized candles and perfumes. See more stores specializing in custom-made items on our Bespoke/Handmade page.

Astier de Villatte
173, rue St.-Honoré, in the 1st.
01 42 60 74 13.

Primarily a housewares shop specializing in ceramics. You’ll find three new scents by Françoise Caron, plus candles, each titled to evoke a destination such as Hong Kong.

Francis Kurkdjian
5, rue d’Alger, in the 1st.
01 42 77 40 22. Call well in advance for an appointment.

For a fragrance uniquely your own, let award-winning perfumer Kurkdjian—France’s “most famous contemporary nose”—guide you through the process of luxury scent creation. Kurkdjian knows how to offer his select clientele the royal treatment. After all, he re-created Marie Antoinette’s favorite perfume to great acclaim. Receive this royal treatment yourself for 8,000 euros (2,500–5,000 euros to adapt an existing scent). See more stores specializing in custom-made items on our Bespoke/Handmade page.

Guerlain
68, ave des Champs Elysées, in the 8th.
01 45 62 52 57.

The grand dame of French perfume since 1828—plus a spa on the Champs. Two other locations, in the 6th and 8th.

JAR
Perfume: 14, rue de Castiglione, in the 1st.
Jewelry: 7, place Vendôme, in the 1st. get map
01 42 96 33 66.

For very exclusive jewels and perfume. Joel Arthur Rosenthal, a Harvard-educated New Yorker has a cult following. Both shops are by appointment only because of their sky-high prices. Don’t give up, as the shop is nearly impossible to find. Think you need your hubby to purchase these kinds of jewels? Don’t be silly!

Laurent Guillot
48, rue de Turenne, in the 3rd. get map
01 48 87 87 69.

Having worked for Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Baccarat, Guillot is a master jeweler. His beautiful combination glass and wooden jewelry is his signature.

Serge Lutens at Shiseido
142, galerie de Valois, in the Palais Royal, in the 1st. get map
01 49 27 09 09.

Serge Lutens’s perfume is very hot, especially Ambre Sultan. His work can be found at the Shiseido boutique (even though he’s French) in the Palais Royal.

Le Studio des Parfums
23, rue du Bourg Tibourg, in the 4th. get map
01 40 29 90 84.

Using a 127-chord perfume organ, you can indulge in crafting a unique perfume without too much damage to your budget. See more stores specializing in custom-made items on our Bespoke/Handmade page.

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