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Monday, September 4, 2017

Precious encounter : Sophie Buhai

Sophie Buhai homonymous brand launched in 2015, distinguished by its collection of timeless silver jewels. Each piece is handmade in Los Angeles by master craftsmen using recycled metals to minimize the environmental impact. We are thrilled to now have her stunning jewellery available in our Mont Thabor boutique, exclusively in France.

What is your first jewellery memory ?
I remember sitting on the carpet on my grandmothers bathroom looking through her jewellery collection. I must have been five. She would always show me her pieces, she had a great mixture of deco pieces and also mid-century silver. She was a great teacher. Most importantly, she shared with me how special jewellery can be as a marker of time in ones life, and the power it has being handed down through generations, to tell stories of the past.

What’s the first piece that you designed ?
It was the Egg pendant.

What is your favorite stone ? Why ? 
I love pearls. They from the sea which I love, they are completely classic, and can look very modern at the same time.

Do you have a piece of jewellery that you wear all year-round ? 
I wear all of the silver year round. I love the classic hoops and basically sleep in them.

Who are your favorite jewellery designers ? 
Elsa Peretti, Calder, Art Smith, Man Ray.

What are your greatest design influences ?
Eileen Gray, Diego Giacometti, Coco Chanel, my grandmother, my mother.

What do you listen to in your studio ?
It’s a real mix. Everything from Chopin, Nick Cave, to Reggae.

If you weren’t a jewellery designer, what would you do ?
I think I would do something with art direction in films. I love to create an atmosphere. That or interiors.

Which famous people (living or dead) inspire you the most ?
The women in my family. Strong independent working women.

What is your dream destination ?
I love Crete in Greece. I’m dying to go back. I love the rustic simplicity, ancient history, warm people, and wild landscape.

Photos credits : Sophie Buhai 

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