Sabine Ghanem, Noor Fares, Eugenie Niarchos, Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, and Fernando Jorge are all young, beautiful, chic, and, yes, ambitious. Niarchos, Brandolini d’Adda, and Fares met as children in Paris. Ghanem and Fares have been hitting the same beaches in the South of France since their teens. Jorge came into the picture when he met Fares through a friend in London. As an intimate group, they share a shorthand and descend on all the right international A-list fashion events and openings. The ladies sport Chanel and Alaïa as if they were basic wardrobe staples from J. Crew or Gap. And they’re all crazy about jewelry—both wearing it and designing it.
During this shoot, they huddle on a single sofa, talking about everything from Ghanem’s upcoming wedding to where to get the best gems in Jaipur, India, switching between English and French without missing a beat. They change up their jewels constantly, mixing fine with finer rather than high with low. They bedeck not just their lobes but their entire ears, stack rings up the length of their fingers, and wear necklaces as headdresses. And, judging from the looks of things, they are one another’s best clients.
As Jorge unveils his newest collection, all of the women zero in on the same ring. It has a beautifully fluid shape but is the least flashy piece of the bunch: a single loop of carved chalcedony, free of any stones. “It’s more complex than it looks,” Jorge insists. “It took four weeks to carve.” And then he breaks into a laugh. “It’s also a piece they haven’t seen before. It’s brand-new.”