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La perle rare – A true gem – Coullioure

Well aware of the title of my blog, and, oui, it IS my intention to offer my dear readers insight in my beloved Paris, but occasionally I come across a true gem, and am compelled to tell you about it.

We are in France, in the Roussillon region, where there is sun, beach and the Pyrenees mountains. The perfect setting for a weekend getaway and a jewelry purchase.

Carlos Zavala, bijoutier createur, has creations that you will find now where else. I stumbled upon his work while strolling through beach town, Collioure this weekend.

He works with gems, silver and gold, sometimes mixing all three in one single piece like this one.

Working out of a large sea-side atelier boutique, he and his companion (the lucky lady who gets to were any piece she wants every day!) create and sell these sparklers hot off the iron. He can even resize items on-the-spot in fifteen minutes, since he creates all of his pieces right there as well.

The impressive collection, sometimes has a Lord of the Rings, feel to it, and sometimes a light and airy luxury look. The rings caught my eye, but he makes everything, bracelets, necklaces, earrings etc. You could even go to him with an idea and have him create a special unique piece, although most of the collection boasts unique pieces, so you will feel special knowing you are the only person in the world to have the particular item you chose! His prices are quite decent, and his attitude sweet.

Before transplanting to Collioure in April, they were in Villefranche de Conflent, but hope to stay by the sea for a long time. When in town, stop by their boutique, browse and say Bonjour for me!

Rue Jules Ferry (in front of the school) 66190 Collioure
Tel : 06-23-32-77-57 or 06-61-43-25-56
zavalacarlosamatista@yahoo.frAll photos but the top one, are by Carlos Zavala


  1. merci Melissa pour ton article…. Au plaisir de te revoir un jour….. bises! Delphine et Carlos

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