11 Jewels That Conjure the Côte d’Azur

Nice. Saint-Tropez. Cannes. Antibes. Menton. All located along the craggy coastline of the Mediterranean in the south of France, these très chic resort towns are fodder for many a vacation daydream. They also serve as the inspiration for my bijoux picks below, perfect for a holiday spent in any sun-drenched destination (or even your office cubicle as the case may be).

Classic striped signet ring, $2,200; Jessica Biales

The iconic Breton stripe tee is recast here in enamel and polished 18k gold for a bauble worthy of Brigitte Bardot. 

Handmade one-of-a-kind necklace with smooth and rough aquamarine beads and 18k yellow gold spiral knots, price upon request; Pamela Huizenga

These aquas alternately capture the uncanny blue of the Méditerranée and the famous cliffside piscine at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc (pictured below).

(Image courtesy of Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc)

Espadrille charm in sterling silver and white enamel, $49; Thomas Sabo 

Espadrilles have long been a staple of authentic French Riviera resortwear.

Naja bracelet in metallic champagne leather, $38.50; K. Jacques

Ditto a pair of Tropézienne leather sandals from K. Jacques.

Bar ring with Argyle pink diamonds and white diamond baguettes in 18k rose gold and, $649,995, Julez Bryant 

This bar ring is as luxurious as an afternoon spent sipping a fine Côte de Provence rosé on the terrace of some tony wine bar.

Disk earrings with carved lapis lazuli and coral, and brilliant-cut diamonds set in platinum and 18k hammered gold, price upon request; David Webb

So maritime chic, a little retro, yet entirely au courant (and clad in the colors of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur flag).

Itty Bitty Heart Necklace in 14k yellow gold, $250; Zoe Chicco

In the 1968 film La Chamade (Heartbeat in English), which includes scenes shot in Nice, Catherine Deneuve’s character is seen wearing a heart necklace similar to the one above.

Topkapi Collection ring with diamond, sapphires, rubies, tsavorites and opals in 18k gold, price upon request; Lydia Courteille

This is the cocktail ring equivalent of a Vilbrequin botanical print.

Saint-Tropez Art Deco watch with a CZ-accented mother-of-pearl dial, rose gold-plated case, and stainless steel bracelet strap, $1,455; Charriol

All the glamor and joie de vivre of the French Riviera’s glitterati (e.g., Beyoncé, Kate Moss, and Rihanna) packed into a single, stunning timepiece.

Cuff bracelet featuring arabesques of 56 cts. tw. pear-shape emerald cabochons, plus Paraiba tourmalines, blue and pink sapphires, amethysts, tsavorites, tanzanites, apatites, and diamonds in 18k white gold and titanium, price upon request; Chopard

As the official partner of the Cannes Film Festival for the last 20 years, Chopard has become synonymous with French Riviera glamor. The piece below is from the maison’s annual Red Carpet collection, one of 70 pieces inspired by the event’s 70-year anniversary.

Rose gold–plated Red Carpet sunglasses with crystal-accented temples, price upon request; Chopard

And if you’re not a celebrity lucky enough to don the aforementioned Chopard masterpieces at a Cannes soiree, these sunglasses are the next best thing.

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