Jean Dinh Van - a free spirit that gave birth to minimalist style


Born in 1927 near Paris, Jean Dinh Van imagined himself as a sailor. Fortunately for us, influenced by his father who was a lacquer ware craftsman, he decided to craft jewelry. After studying at Les Beaux Arts de Paris, he learned his jeweler’s craft at Cartier over ten years, where his hands “fell in love with metal”. That experience influenced and forged his ideas of luxury and beauty.


At the start of the 1960’s, prompted by his intuition, Jean Dinh Van left Cartier and turned his attention to contemporary design.


He took a real interest in everything happening in his time, especially in everything that was new, such as the off-the-peg creations by Paco Rabanne and Pierre Cardin, Knoll furniture and the advertisements of Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet, founder of Publicis. He joined a group of designers who wanted to free jewelry from the constraints of “preciousness”. He created jewels that can be bought by women and worn every day, his vision of ultimate luxury.


Installed in the Place Gaillon, near Place Vendôme in 1965, he set up is own business in complete antithesis to the traditional style of French jewelry, Dinh Van put forward a new idea of discreet, private and ultimate luxury, far removed from ostentatious finery.


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