In our exciting new Travel Diaries series, Elite Traveler speaks with designers, style icons and gurus in their respective fields on their must-have travel items when trotting the globe.
Messika, Valérie Messika
Messika was founded in Paris in 2005 and is currently run by Valérie Messika, founder of diamond merchant, André Messika. The fine-jewelry company has contemporary designs, inspired by Messika’s global travels, for both men and women. Her line ranges from everyday pieces to high-jewelry masterpieces.
“Traveling gives me inspiration. I get my inspiration from a lot of things, all the time! I am constantly on the lookout when traveling- through architecture, interior design (which I am crazy about), by walking on the streets and looking at people’s attitude and style all over the world. I am inspired by different cultures and landscapes in my design.”
Messika’s latest collection, Desert Bloom, is inspired by the desert and is perfect for wearing while traveling in Morocco. “I would wear the Desert Bloom hand bracelet and earrings from my latest High Jewelry collection, Born to be Wild. The jewels from this new collection are a modern mix of gold, diamond wood and feather inspired by the desert atmosphere.”