Thursday, September 4, 2003

This Picasso creates colorful jewelry



By Joy Kraft
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Like her renowned father, Paloma Picasso has a thing for color. But her palette is sprinkled with tourmaline, amethyst, aquamarine, tanzanite and other unique gemstones instead of paints.

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Tiffany & Co. will spotlight the master's daughter and her work Friday through Sept. 28 at the Fountain Square store when it presents "Captivating Color," her latest collection.

A contemporary 18-carat gold ring collection makes the strongest color statement with dramatic pairings of oval stones, including aquamarine and green tourmaline, along with colorful stacking rings.

The 54-year-old jewelry designer got her start as a theatrical costumer creating rhinestone necklaces for the Folies Bergeres. Hooked on jewelry, she studied formally, created a collection for Yves Saint Laurent and the House of Zolotas, before partnering with Tiffany in 1980.

Two American museums have her work in their permanent collections. Her 396.30 carat kunzite necklace is in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, and Chicago's Field Museum displays her 408.63 carat moonstone bracelet with pav diamond lightning bolts.

The new Picasso collection will be on display 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

E-mail jkraft@enquirer.com




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