She’s called Cynthia Nava. She trained as a cellist, which goes to show she’s an artist to her fingertips. He’s called Fabrice; his background is in jewellery design and he loves precious stones. In their free time they are a closely bonded couple, two hearts as one. On the business side they are the founders of jewellery brand Nava F&C Joaillerie. They make rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets that stand out from the crowd with their assertively graphic look. “We design for people who want to look different. Our jewellery has strong personality and takes a definite stance,” they say in one voice. Right now their offer comprises five collections including Cheyenne, their signature collection, on show in the window of their recently-opened 50m2 store in Marseille. It’s their first store, entirely devoted to their own output, and they’re proud of it. It’s a reminder that the resurgence of local Marseille jewellery is largely down to them. “Today’s trend is to delicacy, so we’re working with more lightness in the metal and the gems. Manufacturing methods have changed radically, too. And jewellers are using new materials in various mixes: gold, silver, titanium, precious gems, diamonds etc.,” they explain. And jewellery is no longer just for the ladies. “Men’s jewellery is finding a place for itself in society,” say Cynthia and Fabrice Nava.
By Bruno Lambert