Of the two Fabrice boutiques on rue Bonaparte, I knew the larger one, had stopped in often and admired their gorgeous clothing. But the jewelry shop, a multi-layered, multi-colored sliver of a shop a bit nearer the Seine was a recent – and welcome – discovery.
Multi-layered because bracelets, necklaces and pins are displayed at every level from table to ceiling. Glittering woven bracelets cozy up to vintage-looking resin bands and metallic beads on stacked hangers made from wood and steel. And don’t think you’ll get away with just one bracelet! They are meant to be worn together in groups of 3, 5 or 7.
Necklaces hang in multiple strands; many are collars, made from an exquisite layering of contrasting pearls that range in size from beads to small balls (and are surprisingly light).
Some necklaces incorporate pins, but the selection of stand-alone brooches is dizzying. They are attached everywhere you look – bright resin flowers on pillows, sophisticated, bejeweled metal sculptures on black velvet.
Plan to spend time here – trying pieces is encouraged, and the owner puts pieces together in original and stunning combinations.