The designer finds inspiration in everything from books to conversations with her husband
Jewellery designer and daughter of the famous Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, Paloma Picasso has been designing exquisite collections for Tiffany & Co for more than 30 years. Known for her dazzling chunky rings, bracelets and pendants, her latest collection, inspired by the olive leaf, shows once again a different and much more delicate side of her creativity.
“The olive leaf stands for peace and longevity, but it also represents all the sunny Mediterranean countries I love,” the petite and charming Picasso says enthusiastically. “Having a story to tell about a piece of jewellery adds an extra dimension to the gift you want to make or receive.”
Born into a highly artistic family to painter parents Pablo Picasso and Françoise Gilot, she has always had a story to tell and creativity has always been at the forefront of her life. Faced with the burden of living up to her father’s legacy, yet destined to express her talent, Picasso ventured out into the world of jewellery.
“It was both inspiring and quite intimidating,” she says about her father’s work. “I was surrounded by art and artists. Of course I felt the pressure of people wondering if I was going to be a painter. When I was 14, I decided that I should stay away from artistic ventures like painting and find something else to focus on. That something else has been jewellery.”