One of the my most important experiences on my “grand voyage” in February was visiting the wholesale shops of jewellery materials in Paris. This was something I had never before been able to do. Here are a few images from one of these amazing Marais stores…
I must say that my heart started pounding quite fast when I discovered that there was also a basement in this shop, full of my favourite, classic, faceted czech glass beads. With no-one breathing down my neck, I had all the time in the world and I don’t know how long I spent there but it was quite a while. I was a little embarrassed to hassle the kind ladies with my endless questions but they didn’t seem to mind. Perhaps I wasn’t the only customer in the world who had difficulty making up her mind in front of that breathtaking selection.
On another day in Marais I stumbled upon something quite different but absolutely adorable! Chez Dentelles, who according to the very cutely home-made website calls itself maybe the tiniest shop in Paris. This might very well be true and what a miniature wonderland this shop was!
The beautiful vintage cotton&lace nightgowns and lingerie were to die for but quite pricey so I decided just to admire and fiddle with them a little.
It fit the picture perfectly that the elderly Japanese owner-lady was extremely tiny herself, as the shop was so small that you had to be really careful just turning around in there :). When I got to talking with her and she discovered that I was hunting for beads, she pulled out some treasures that weren’t on display. I managed to buy from her some vintage glass beads and faux pearl charms from the 1920s, 30s and 50s, my favourite eras of the 20th century. I recently began working on a series of earrings made from those particular beads. So nice. I adore working with vintage materials.
I think I must have been blushing when I stepped out from Chez Dentelles, I was so happy.