The World According to Paloma Picasso

Jewelry designer

The jet-black hair, alabaster skin, and ruby-red lips have remained a constant throughout Paloma Picasso's enduring career in the public eye (see Andy Warhol's silk-screen portrait, circa 1975). The jewelry she has created for Tiffany since 1980 is equally unmistakable, from that first silver XO pin to the more recent necklace of graduated lapis lazuli discs. She is a woman of consistent taste, and her pronouncements on everything from island retreats to French antiques are an index of a life lived in style.

I always carry a tape measure with both centimeters and inches.

It's my 25th anniversary designing for Tiffany, so I was able to use—even overuse—pearls and intense colored stones. I love this 65-carat rose-quartz pendant.

In Paris I love to run around St.-Germain-des-Prés looking for antiques, especially at Galerie Varnier.

In New York the room to get is suite 1510 at The Mark. If you're going to the Maldives, it's the Crusoe bungalow No. 2 at Soneva Gili. In Italy, room 221 at the Villa d'Este on Lake Como. And in Morocco, room 5 at Villa Maroc in Essaouira.

The shadow boxes by Joseph Cornell are so mysterious and attractive. I'd love to own one.

"My current obsessions? I don't have any. At this point I'm at total peace."

Every airline should provide two things: chopsticks and flat-bed seats.

My husband and I live in Switzerland, on Lake Geneva. Our cantina, a place called Le Grotto du Léman in Lausanne, makes the best pasta.

I go to Café Boulud on 76th Street so I can sit outside with my friend Fran Lebowitz while she smokes.

What can be more pleasing in summer than a big red dome of berries that you can decorate with gold leaf?