Paris Finds

The twin boutiques of the Jewels and Pashminas company

They're a little hard to get to, hidden away behind a heavy Prussian blue portal in the centuries-old, cobblestoned Cour Saxe, but the twin boutiques of the Jewels and Pashminas company, which opened just last year, are definitely worth a treasure hunt. Stylish Parisian women and jewelry aficionados alike find the gemstones, from Jaipur, India, alluring. The stunning Cooch Behar collections of diamond, gold, and semiprecious jewelry include brilliantly hued citrines, aquamarines, peridots, garnets, sapphires, and a rainbow of tourmalines set in 18-karat and 24-karat gold. Necklaces—cascades of as many as 20 strands of faceted stones—are especially delicious (at right, ruby faceted beads, $7,875). The company also presents the most luscious embroidered pashminas and pashmina apparel—shorts, tops, pajamas, baby clothes (from around $400). Ask about the small stash of rare antique paisley and pashmina patchwork shawls, and the fine vintage embroidered cashmere shawls (above, far right, an antique pashmina shawl, $6,576). A selection of Jewels and Pashminas wares are also available in New York at Bergdorf Goodman. 12 Rue Jacob, Paris 75006, France; 33-1-43-25-50-99.

Connoisseurs have long admired the work of the great interior designer Madeleine Castaing, whose shop, at the corner of rues Bac and Bonaparte, was a favorite Left Bank haunt. (Madame herself departed this earth in 1992 at the age of 98, but her son maintains the shop perfectly.) Be aware: It has moved. The new Madeleine Castaing atelier, with her familiar lapis lazuli tufted armchairs and swagged emerald silk sofas, is situated just a few doors away at 30 Rue Jacob. Here, against Veronese green walls, are all of Madame's signatures, including mahogany gothic bookcases, sapphire-blue velvet banquettes, plaster busts, and green-shaded porcelain lamps. Insider tip: Ask manager Laure Lombardini to open her storage rooms off the courtyard, crammed to the rafters with a remarkable collection of antique neoclassical chairs. 30 Rue Jacob, Paris 75006, France; 33-1-43-54-91-71.