Live From Baselworld 2015: Get to Know Messika Diamond Jewelry

Messika founder Valerie Messika grew up playing with diamonds instead of dolls thanks to pop Andre, a diamond dealer. As an adult, Messika started designing finished jewelry instead of just selling the loose stones that her father did, ultimately creating her signature minimalist look of three moving diamonds representing Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. Her aesthetic is micro-set stones in thin, fashion-forward 18k gold settings that offer a modern, comfortable wear. “Valerie’s into fashion and art and works closely with her cousin Didier Cherqui on designs, driving around Paris looking for inspiration,” remarks a spokesperson. The company is 10 years old this year and entered the U.S. market last fall. See Messika in person in Hall 1.1, stand B05.

Valerie Messika of Messiak Diamond Jewelry

Jewelry designer Valerie Messika

Starting retail price: €800 in 18k gold

Accounts: Seven in the U.S., including Neiman Marcus in King of Prussia, Pa., and 250 abroad

Trade fairs: Baselworld

Retailer buy-in: $60,000

Contact: Messika, Paris; 33-01-48-01-96-53; messika.com

Large Noa bracelet from Messika with diamonds

Large Noa bracelet in 18k gold with diamonds and the Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow concept, $6,520

Kate pendant necklace in 18k gold with diamonds from Messika

Kate (named after Kate Moss) necklace in 18k gold, $11,600

Angel ring in 18k gold with diamonds from Messika

Angel ring in 18k gold with diamonds, $33,000

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