Amid discreet offices in Paris’s 9th arrondissement, you’ll find a jewelry designer who has captivated everyone from Kate Moss to Beyoncé, Charlize Theron to Kaley Cuoco and a cadre of other stylish women, all dazzled by the modernity Valerie Messika brings to high-wattage diamond designs.
Messika was introduced to her craft by family — her father is the highly respected diamond dealer André Messika — but from the moment Valerie debuted her first jewelry collection in 2005, it’s clear she’s been intent on carving her own path in the industry. Her Messika designs are never precious; rather, they’re forward-thinking, elevated and versatile, as easy to wear with a pair of jeans as they are with a chic black sheath.
As one collection among Messika’s signature designs, Lucky Move perfectly illustrates this philosophy. Combining graphic elements with color-rich stones like malachite, turquoise or lapis lazuli, all surrounded by white diamonds and set in 18-karat white, yellow or rose gold, Lucky Move is crafted to offer a sense of movement – elements seem to float and dance within their settings – while also feeling both light and tactile. These are pieces you’ll love to touch as you wear them, while they also can be mixed and matched with ease.
Ultimately, why does Messika seem tailor-made for women? It’s not only because Valerie is at the heart of each design; she also believes in putting women in the spotlight, both in the brand’s messaging and behind the scenes. Moss, undeniably one of the most celebrated supermodels of the past three decades, has appeared in Messika campaigns and collaborated with Valerie as a designer on fine- and high-jewelry collections. Women also can be found in roles from artisans at workbenches to executives in the conference room, each bringing her unique perspective to one of today’s most thrilling jewelry collections. And at the center of it all, Valerie drives Messika’s attitude of style meets modernity, an idea that’s relatable to women literally around the globe.