Courtesy of Lara Melchior
Parisian jeweler Lara Melchior’s handcrafted pieces elevate jewelry-making into an art form. Aptly so, as her work is largely inspired by art itself from Gustav Klimt’s Golden Cycle to Cy Twombly’s sculptural work. Each jewelry piece from her collection is made by Lara’s hand, a welcome rarity in today’s overpopulated, mass-produced world. In Japan, her delicate pieces are carried by Drawer United Arrows in Aoyama (luckily enough for us, just a stone’s throw away from our office where we work). We meet through her husband, Vass, and here we chat with the jeweler, mother, entrepreneur, and creative spirit.
Hi, Lara. Tell us about yourself.
I am a jewelry designer living in Paris. I launched my brand, Lara Melchior, 10 years ago. I started drawing as a child and never quit. I ended up graduating from two different art schools in Paris. I first turned to one of my earliest passions, photography, before designing jewelry.
Jewelry happened as a coincidence further down the road. I began making costume jewelry before learning to work with gold. I needed something manual and expressive-crafting,soldering,polishing… Seeing objects come to life as a sculpture.
I design and create each piece, from the beginning to the end. Each piece is handmade by me. That’s what I love about it, that’s the biggest achievement. I always love to work with my hands. I love seeing each piece evolve in its way – I love their rough feeling and aspects transforming into something so delicate. That’s my vision of craftsmanship and one of the many things I love about being a designer.
“I design and create each piece, from the beginning to the end. Each piece is handmade by me. That’s what I love about it, that’s the biggest achievement.”
Do you have a morning routine that you can share with us?
I use Paradisi Mist hydrating essence by DAMDAM as a tonic, it’s the only thing that wakes me up! Then I use Trixera from Avène as moisturizer and an all-in-one cream by Yves Saint Laurent.
Do you have a beauty ritual?
I don’t really have a beauty ritual. I don’t wear makeup. Depending on the day, I just put MAC’s Mineralize Skin Finish powder and blush and I’m ready to go!
“I use Paradisi Mist hydrating essence by DAMDAM as a tonic, it’s the only thing that wakes me up!”
What inspires your work?
I’m inspired by so much! History of art, photography, travel, fashion, architecture, history of jewelry… Everything inspires me, it’s all connected.
My passion for art led to creating pieces inspired by Gustav Klimt, Matisse, Alexander Calder and Brancusi for the perfect balance, their modernity and beauty that reveals the unspoken and by Cy Twombly’s sculptures. Everything is inspiring – it all comes together – traveling the world, fashion, architecture.
What do you do on days when you need to unwind and unplug?
Just hang out with my lovely family or a weekend in Normandy.
“Everything is inspiring – it all comes together – traveling the world, fashion, architecture.”
Where are your favorite travel destinations?
Harbor Island Bahamas, Ile de Ré and la Colombe d’Or in Saint Paul de Vence, France.
Can you share 3 of your most frequented places in Paris?
The Oenosteria, an Italian restaurant, 40 Rue Grégoire de Tours, 75006
Les Ginettes, a beautiful second hand shop, 4 rue du Sabot 75006
Bar de la Croix Rouge, 2 Place Michel Debré, 75006