Texas Tuesday: Now You’ll Always Have Paris

View of Eiffel Tower from apartment in the 11eme. Photo by Kristen O'Brien

View of Eiffel Tower from apartment in the 11eme. Photo by Kristen O’Brien

Sikara & Co is pleased to announce that we are now partnering with Austin based company Korbella,™ a jewelry company that captures the essence of Paris and falling in love with the City of Lights for the first time. Korbella jewelry is one of a kind in that it actually contains a genuine piece of the Eiffel Tower, the most perfect, iconic representation of Paris.

In 2011, Paul Bedell and his wife, Janel, and their 9-year-old daughter, Samantha, traveled to Paris for vacation. The trip made an indelible impression on Samantha: to this day, sketches and photos of the City of Light and the Eiffel Tower wallpaper the interior of her bedroom, and her eyes light up when she speaks of one day living there and attending university. For Bedell and his wife, the experience was romantic: intimate dinners overlooking the Parisian skyline, holding hands during strolls along the Seine, riding in horse-drawn carriages, and kissing beneath the Eiffel Tower. Perhaps most profound for him, though, was sharing the magic of Paris and its many charms with his family. The family returned home with those memories, but also with an article torn from a hotel magazine about an auction of an Eiffel Tower staircase. Christie’s had auctioned off a piece of the Tower while the Bedells were on vacation in France, and they had missed the sale only by days! Bedell researched the topic further, and began his search to locate and purchase a Tower section to use to make fine jewelry, a lasting and suitable souvenir to help cement memories for his family and others forever.

Original Eiffel Tower spiral staircase with paint removed.

Original Eiffel Tower spiral staircase with paint removed.

Carefully removing segments that will become beautiful jewelry and precious keepsakes.

Carefully removing segments that will become beautiful jewelry and precious keepsakes.

Korbella’s  Eiffel Tower Forever collection draws inspiration from the strong architectural  cues of the Tower, including the ubiquitous X forms and its world-renowned  latticework structure.  In a nod to the  Eiffel Tower’s Art Nouveau roots, Korbella embraces geometric shapes combined with smooth, flowing latticework, to create a collection that is both  timely and timeless.

 

Charmes de Paris

Charmes de Paris

From airy,  circular pendant necklaces with negative space to fresh, stylized  interpretations of the ever-popular heart, Korbella’s signature style is instantly  recognizable and destined to become a covetable and contemporary classic  design. And now you can find these sterling silver pieces at the Sikara Austin store on 2nd street. Come in and try on a little piece of Paris!

Rêves de Paris

Rêves de Paris

Eiffel tower earrings

Eiffel Tower-shaped Heart Earrings