Reza is renowned for his expertise as a gem connoisseur jointly with the impressive collection he had amassed him to establish himself, by the 1950s, as well as became the primary provider of precious stones for some of the most prestigious jewellers. Many of Reza’s exquisitely crafted jewels would take years to complete involved by his infallible commitment to selecting of the finest specimens, the right design and gemstone to achieve perfection which leads to truly spectacular pieces. Today, his son Olivier is continuing the tradition with the same focus, relying on centuries of expertise and dedication to quality, in their exclusive salons at 21 Place Vendôme and the iconic Ritz Palace.
Reza, French designer is a household name for extraordinary gemstones and known for its famous otherworldly creations and for his flawless ability to source the most exceptional gemstones in the world. The House of Reza craft no more than 60 pieces a year which all the creation capture the essence of luxury, glamour, rare and vividly-coloured gemstones sourced right at the source in Colombia, India, Burma, Thailand, Sri Lanka and other important mining and trading centres. Reza is known for acquiring some of the world’s rarest precious stones, mainly the precious stones: ruby, diamond, sapphire, pearls and emerald which highlighted the designer’s desire to remain unmatched in remaining the most renowned gem connoisseur in the world.
DUCHESSE PERLES BLANCHES. Earrings featuring 2 South Sea pearls weighing 28,94 carats; 4 marquise-shaped diamonds for 2,05 carats; 22 oval-cut diamonds for 9,53 carats; And 4 brilliants for 0,84 carat. Set on white gold.
The Maison REZA has invited me for its first private pre Christmas holiday presentation in London on Thursday 20th December 2018. Reza inaugurated their showroom inside the gallery of The Mews Suite at The Connaught hotel presenting its jewellery collection. The private show was to introduce the fine detailed craftsmanship of the pieces attained a new level of excellence and aesthetics sensibility added value to the colour, tone, and brilliance of each stone.
I have visited the private event, opened for the press, with a big drum roll. I was looking forward to discovering Reza's new pieces. In the showroom, I was awaited by works of mesmerising high jewellery art that I not only wanted to look at for the aesthetic fulfilment; I also wanted to understand what techniques Reza uses to inspire with a sense of classic stones and artistic modernity. In the first entering The Mews Showroom, there were small display cases positioned, the big Christmas Tree was lit and Reza's collection was shining through and I noticed the festive feeling in the showroom. In all the displays were the pieces, the Dune cuff, Duchess Perles Blanches Earrings with Duchess Necklace, Tiara earrings, Gouttes, Toi Et Moi Diamant Coeur, Moon, Turban Emeraude and other pieces were the talking pieces at the showroom.
I have been greeted by Reza's representative Cedric who has helped me to discover Reza's new jewellery pieces. I heard about the brand's strong philosophy of nurturing and bringing out the true, unaltered and innate beauty of the finest creation. Cedric was also kind to show me around all that was new. He has started introducing me to the jewellery pieces that contained grace, volume, and elegance that visible throughout Reza's collection. Cedric has brought some of Reza's jewellery pieces, which he then asked to try them on. The Duchesse necklace (See below for the necklace) which I had a great desire to try on combined all type of diamond cuts in the necklace, it was brought to be tried on so that I had to try on. With the most precious art of inlay and kissing diamonds the technique in making taken years to develop to allow the purest reflection of light. Every single angle is absolutely stunning and thanks to the South Sea pearls, it enhances the central stones brilliantly. Needless to say, I didn't want to be part with them.
DUCHESSE Necklace featuring 5 pear-shaped white South Sea pearls weighing 82,03 carats, 5 pear-shaped diamonds weighing 4,82 carats, 4 marquise-shaped diamonds weighing 2,37 carats, 57 oval-shaped diamonds weighing 24,62 carats, and 103 brilliant-cut diamonds weighing 22,38 carats. Set on white gold and platinum.
Atoll Bracelet, 85 Emrald shaped diamonds weighing 44.24 ct and sprinkled with 15 cabochon diamonds of 19.15ct and 79 brilliant cut diamonds 4.38 ct. Set on pink and white gold.
Branches Earrings, 2 Emeralds, 30 unheated cabachon and 16 pear shape diamonds set on rose gold.
My attention was caught by Toi Et Moi Diamant Coeur ring was so graciously embodied of high jewellery. The ring is simple to the eye but one that dazzles with the natural beauty of its precious two heart shaped D-IF diamonds (see below the ring) and precise structure. The diamonds rest on curved cradles set on white gold that smoothly skirt around the stones at their base and edges.
TOI ET MOI DIAMANT COEUR, Ring featuring 2 heart shaped D-IF diamonds, one weighing 4,89 carats and the second 4,49 carats. Set on white gold.
After thoroughly learning the ring my attention turned to Gouttes; Earrings featuring unheated Burmese cushion-cut rubies, marquise, pear-shaped, emerald-cut diamonds, Mod Oil Brazilian drop emeralds and Fancy Yellow brilliants set on yellow gold. It brilliantly shined, the precious stones; emerald, rubies, diamonds combined together with strong intriguing construction. I thought that the earrings with diamond and ruby flowers (see below the emerald and ruby earrings) were also remarkable.
GOUTTES, Earrings featuring 2 unheated Burmese cushion-cut rubies of respectively 3,03 and 2,49 carats; 12 marquise diamonds weighing 3,39 carats; 1 pear-shaped diamonds weighing 0,91 carats; 20 rubies weighing 0,89 carats; 6 emerald-cut diamonds weighing 4,76 carats; 2 Mod Oil Brasilian drop emeralds weighing respectively 11,50 and 11,12 carats; 18 Fancy Yellow brilliants weighing 0,36 carats. Set on yellow gold.
It is so easy to notice that Reza’s collections are part of the proud heritage of the brand that shaped its strong individuality. The opulent and prominent jewels seduce a high-class clientele with the unique quality of the pieces as well as their regal splendour. Ceylon sapphires, Brazilian emeralds, Burmese pearls and South-African diamonds decorate the collections and relay the subtle mastery of technical know-how behind Reza’s lineage and inspired vision. The whole experience was professional every jewellery piece was impressive, meticulously perfected and truly spectacular.