The Story of Catherine Popesco (the woman behind La Vie Parisienne)
Rambling about Paris, Catherine Popesco discovered a treasure trove of stampings – many over 200 years old in the old factories and workshops of Paris. Most of these gems were originally designed by celebrated artists and shining lights of their era, such as Lalique, Mucha, Galle and Picasso.
With her vivid imagination, Catherine decided to use the invaluable treasures of French artistic heritage and style to create an exquisite collection of handmade jewelry that brings together the history, design, imagination, and spirit of France. Catherine, creator and owner of the international jewelry and accessory company La Vie Parisienne, is a Paris native and the leading force reviving the elegance and grace of France's golden Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras.
Manufactured at Au Bout de Reves, a workshop Catherine herself built on a vineyard in the heart of the Loire Valley, France, each piece is rendered from the original molds and stamping, hand set with Austrian crystals by her team of highly skilled artisans.
Quality French Craftsmanship
Each La Vie Parisienne piece of jewelry is hand set by highly skilled artisans with brilliant Swarovski crystals, the finest Austrian crystal available.
Pieces are made of "old silver" a unique French process of laying sterling silver or 14K gold plate over a copper base. By following traditional French techniques, Catherine Popesco allows each piece to exhibit the intricate details of these historical designs. Pieces are new, but have a wonderfully romantic vintage feel steeped in the tradition of exquisite craftsmanship.
The La Vie Parisienne by Catherine Popesco collection is designed and manufactured in France, and assembled in the USA.