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Dinh Van, the free-minded

The man who wanted to be a sailor, became an iconic jeweler who generalized the concept jewelry from being extraordinary to extraordinary accessible.

When dinh van got tired after ten years of designing flowers and panthers at Cartier where he started his career, he surprised the jewelry world with the choices he made and managed to establish as common grounds.

His first desire was to create accessible pieces of jewelry for liberated women- no wonder it was around 1969! Dinh van made sure that his jewels were more intended to reveal those who wear them in opposition to those who simply look at them.

With a few best-sellers for collections such as the Chinese Pi or the hand-cuff, dinh van set his reputation with simple and self-sufficient designs. He went on to demystify the exclusivity of a piece of jewelry in mouting silver, gold and diamond pieces on coton threads you could change according to your style.

Dinh Van brought a wave of freshness in the world of jewelry, some jewelry you could spot on a baby or the elderly.

Dinh Van
Menottes bracelet mounted on white gold with diamonds
theeyeofjewelry_dinh van_Bubbles clover cord bracelet yellow gold
Dinh Van
Bubbles clover cord bracelet yellow gold 
Dinh Van
2 Perles small necklace mounted on yellow gold with freshwater and hematite pearls
Dinh Van
Punaise ring yellow gold and diamond
Jean Dinh Van was born near Paris with Vietnamo-Breton origins (mix of Vietnam and Brittany)
1927
Jean Dinh Van was born near Paris with Vietnamo-Breton origins (mix of Vietnam and Brittany)
1927
After a graduating from Les Beaux-Arts, he spends 10 years at Cartier as a jeweler
1950
After a graduating from Les Beaux-Arts, he spends 10 years at Cartier as a jeweler
1950
dinh van opens his first boutique near Place Vendôme
1960
dinh van opens his first boutique near Place Vendôme
1960
Creation of the square ring with two pearls for Pierre Cardin
1967
Opening of the boutique Rue de la Paix N°7 the same years he created the handcuffs – still a best-seller nowadays
1976
The Tragedy of the Rue de la Paix when he exhibited the first Swatch Watches nobody believed in
1980
An icon was born: the Chinese Pi, a manually-hammered golden disk
1993
Attached jewelry pieces on cotton threads
2000