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Hidden Gem: Marie (Girardot) Vallanet, President @VCA School of Jewelry Arts

Every Monday The Carat Soup shines a spotlight on Hidden Gems: extraordinary women in our industry.  This week’s focus is on Marie (Girardot) Vallanet. She has been in the jewelry industry since 1986, with a strong foundation in business development and organization.

As the current President of the Van Cleef Arpels L’Ecole des Arts Joailliers (School of Jewelry Arts), Vallanet is in charge of the institution’s curriculum. This is a truly one of a kind and first of its type school of design, with courses open to the public.

Marie’s CV reads like a jewelry wish list. Prior to starting @VCA in 1999, she was at Cartier for 13 years.

See more about L’Ecole des Arts Joailliers here and follow along on Instagram here.

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Hidden Gem: Anastasia Buisman, Founder @ashianalondon

Every Monday The Carat Soup shines a spotlight on Hidden Gems: extraordinary women in our industry.  This week’s focus is on Anastasia Buisman of @ashianalondon a London-based jewellery and accessories brand that has craftsmanship at its core.

“Inspiration for me comes from the little things like the mirrors and colours I see in Jaipur to the colour of the soil against the green in Kenya to just walking around a diverse city like London. Put all this together and you are just buzzing with new ideas that can translate into fashion and what better way to express it than accessories. The ethos behind Ashiana was to create an affordable yet luxurious label for the travelling woman. Jewellery , bags and scarves that travel well, look great on any occasion and that are not so expensive that they need to be locked up in a safe.” – Anastasia Buisman

Follow along on Instagram here or their website here.

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Hidden Gem: Jennifer Obayuwana @feeljeni , jewellery and luxury specialist

Every Monday The Carat Soup shines a spotlight on Hidden Gems: extraordinary women in our industry.  This week’s focus is on  Jennifer Obayuwana @feeljeni .

Jennifer is the globe-trotting, high flying Executive Director of Polo Avenue. We met a few years ago at an event hosted by Cartier, in Cap d’Antibes on the French Riviera.

Follow along on Obayuwana’s global travels and business success here.