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Anne Paloma Ruiz-Picasso y Gilot (Anne Paloma Ruiz-Picasso y Gilot, Paloma Picasso)

Anne Paloma Ruiz-Picasso y Gilot — known professionally as Paloma Picasso — is a French/Spanish fashion designer and businesswoman, best known for her jewelry designs for Tiffany & Co. and her signature perfumes.


  • Her name means "dove" in Spanish, and she was so named after the famous symbol her father designed for the International Peace Conference in Paris the year of her birth.

  • Career

    • Paloma Picasso's jewelry career began in 1968, when she was a costume designer in Paris. Some rhinestone necklaces she had created from stones purchased at flea markets drew attention from critics. Encouraged by this early success, the designer pursued formal schooling in jewelry design. A year later, Ms. Picasso presented her first efforts to her friend, famed couturier Yves Saint Laurent, who immediately commissioned her to design accessories to accompany one of his collections. By 1971, she was working for the Greek jewelry company Zolotas.

      In 1980 Picasso began designing jewelry for Tiffany & Co. of New York. In 1984 she began experimenting with fragrance, creating the "Paloma" perfume for L'Oréal.Her husband, Lopez-Cambil, developed the visual image for the perfume with red and black packaging and shaped bottle. In the New York Post Picasso described it as intended for "strong women like herself". A cosmetics and bath line including body lotion, powder, shower gel, and soap were produced in the same year.

      Two American museums have acquired Ms. Picasso's work for their permanent collections. Housed in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History is a 396.30-carat kunzite necklace designed by her. And visitors to The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago can view her 408.63-carat moonstone bracelet accented with diamond "lightning bolts."

      In 1988, Ms. Picasso was honored by The Fashion Group as one of the "Women Who Have Made an Extraordinary Impact on Our Industry." Since 1983, she has been a member of the International Best Dressed List.

      In 2010, Picasso celebrated her 30th anniversary with Tiffany and Co. by introducing a collection based upon her love of Morocco, called Marrakesh. In 2011, she debuted her Venezia collection, which celebrates the city of Venice and its motifs.


    Quotations: .“Jewelry makes us feel great and it makes us more beautiful, but if

    it can make us smile, all the better.” (Paloma Picasso)



    Design, art, jewellery


    • mother: Françoise Gilot - painter, writer
    • father: Pablo Picasso - artist
    • Elder brother: Claude Picasso
    • half-brother: Paulo Picasso
    • half-sister: Maya
    • half-sister: Aurelia
    • First Husband: Rafael Lopez-Cambil - Argentina - businessman
      In 1978 Picasso married playwright and director Rafael Lopez-Cambil (also known as Rafael Lopez-Sanchez) in a black-and-white themed wedding. The couple later divorced.
    • Second husband (2000 - ...): Eric Thevenet - French - Doctor
      In 2000 Picasso married Dr. Eric Thévenet, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Thévenet's interest in art and design has provided valuable insight toward the creation of Picasso's jewelry collections. Paloma Picasso and her husband live in Lausanne, Switzerland and in Marrakech, Morocco.
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    Born April 19, 1949
    (age 66)
    • 1968
      costume designer
      Paris, France, France
    • 1971
      designer, jewelry company Zolotas
    • 1980
      designer, Tiffany and Co
      New York, United States
    • 2001
      Lausanne-based Paloma Picasso Foundation


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