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Please welcome guest blogger Angela Baduel-Crispin, who has generously written Jewelry Tourism: Paris for us. She has so many wonderful places for us to visit, her article will be published over a couple of days.

Visit Angela’s site here.

Olà là … Paris! Jewelry tourism in Paris… worth a whole visit in itself!

Planning your first trip to Paris and would like to discover everything there is to see plus a bit more, beyond the usual guided tours?

Or, maybe, you’ve already been to Paris and visited the Eiffel Tower, the Arc du Triomphe, gone for a boat ride (or better yet, a romantic dinner on the Seine!) visited the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, The Rodin Museum, The Musée d’Art Moderne, the new Musée des Arts Premiers, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, just to name a few.

You might already have visited the beautiful spots the city has to offer, and walked down all the endless quaint little side-streets in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and even in the 7th arrondissement, and you still have energy left! You love and design jewelry yourself and want to discover neat addresses, find inspiration and see even more this time around. Good for you!

All I can say is – you’re in for a journey so wear good walking shoes, take a good night’s sleep and get ready to discover the other sparkles of Paris.

You can begin your trip by visiting the Place Vendôme with all its famous jewelry stores. Once you’ve finished drooling on the windows, the glitter of all the gold and diamonds has finally died out and you’ve finally recovered your vision, then get out of there and go buy things to make your own unique, authentic signature jewelry to drool for!

If you want to buy beads, tools and things wholesale go to Rue du Temple in the 3e arrondissement.

There’s one shop after another for supplies, strands of stones, beads. This is the jewelry-making supply (and ready-made) neighborhood for wholesalers. You’ll find well-known suppliers like “Venot et fils” on rue du Temple, with their 2 stores one across the street from the other.

In the same area, on a perpendicular street is Selfor, a sort of jewelry-making supermarket open to the public, with 3 stores, tools, findings, showcase material, gift boxes and wrapping.

Selfor Р11 rue R̩aumur, Paris 3e arrondissement. Also Not far is Cookson gold-CLAL strictly for professionals, which sells tools, findings, finished jewelry, does reclaiming, etc.

Also a little bit further is “Fried Freres“, 13 rue du Caire, Paris 2e Arr.

They also own “La boïte à Perles.

There are a number of retailers as well. One of these is La Droguerie, with tons of neat thingies, buttons, ideas, etc. for DIY costume jewelry and customizing.

Tout à Loisirs is another neat store as well, which deserves a visit in person although they have a website as well. 50 rue des Archives, Paris 3e arrondissement.

Their retail shop selection is a bit expensive but really nice, with a variety of stones, beads of all sorts in glass, natural materials and some vintage beads too.

This store is on a neat little street, and walking distance from Le Bazar de L’Hotel de Ville Department Store. Across the street from Tout à Loisirs on rue des archives, there’s a wonderful jewelry gallery too, if that hasn’t changed in the last couple of months.

Their wholesale store is at another address : 77 rue du Temple, 75003 Paris, not far away, and on the same street I mentioned earlier where all the other wholesale jewelry shops are.

Actually, the whole Marais neighborhood (4th arrondissement) is worth walking through and visiting with its neat little shops. It’s one of the rare districts in Paris where shops are open on Sundays. And you can walk just a little bit further to the Place des Vosges, with it’s art galleries under the arches and also visit the home of Victor Hugo.

More tomorrow!

(c) 2007 Angela Baduel-Crispin All Rights Reserved

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