Among his claims to fame: When Princess Diana died, she was wearing a Reza ring
Alexandre Reza, the famed Paris jeweler and gem collector whose clients included celebrities and royalty, died in Geneva on Jan. 15 at age 93, according to Agence France-Presse.
Among Reza’s many claims to fame: When Princess Diana was killed in an accident in 1998, she was wearing a Reza diamond ring, given to her by boyfriend Dodi Fayed.
Reza was born in Moscow in 1922 to a Persian family, which moved to Paris when he was three. At age 18, he took over his father’s stone trading business and became a leading stone provider to Place Vendôme jewelers. In 1950, he began designing jewelry, too. By 1984, his salon, also on Place Vendôme, took up two floors. He eventually opened salons in Geneva, Cannes, and Monte Carlo.
In 2008, son Olivier took over the company following his father’s retirement and closed the company’s stores.