After working closely with Cartier during this year I had the pleasure of being invited to their beautiful boutique on Rue de la Paix here in Paris, just a stone's throw away from Place Vendôme, to discover some beautiful jewellery pieces and diamonds together with them as well as having my portrait painted by the incredibly talented illustrator Marc-Antoine Coulon.
When it comes to my personal choice of jewellery I'm usually quite modest and I normally don't go too overboard with glitter and gold but when you get the chance to wear a 2.2 million euro ring (significantly bigger than your thumb I might add) for a day, you take it. Even though I walked around with my other hand protectively underneath the ring (you know, just in case it would just magically fall off my finger) to begin with I actually forgot that it was there after a while. Or well no, that was I lie. I always knew it was there since I couldn't stop starring at it but it kind of became more normal. Eventually I was trotting around the boutique sipping tea and taking photos with 15 carats on my left hand.
Another out of body kind of experience was having my portrait painting by Marc-Antoine (who usually paints women like Julianne Moore and Brigitte Bardot). I've never had my portrait painted before but I have to say that it was a little experience I'll carry with me forever. You can actually get a little glimpse of Marc-Antoine's work in one of the photos above but I can't wait to receive the finished painting to see the final result!
Photo of me: Gregory Cornee