Born in 1927 near Paris, Jean Dinh Van imagined himself as a sailor. Fortunately for women, influenced by his father who was a lacquerware craftsman, he decided to craft jewelry. After studying at Les Beaux Arts de Paris, he spent ten years at Cartier learning his jeweler’s craft, and it was here that his hands “fell in love with metal”. That experience influenced and forged his own idea of luxury and beauty.
He took a real interest in everything happening in his time, especially in everything that was new. He joined a group of designers who wanted to free jewelery from the constraints of “preciousness”. He craved for creating jewels that can be bought by women and worn every day, his vision of ultimate luxury.
In 1965, Dinh Van set up is own business in complete antithesis to the traditional style of French jewelery near Place Vendôme in Paris. His collections put forth his revolutionary vision of ultimate luxury: discreet jewels that can be bought by women and worn everyday.
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