The daughter of a diamantaire, Valerie Messika lived and breathed diamonds growing up, eventually working at Chanel, then her father’s business where she learned the diamond trade from the inside out. She is a true innovator injecting the age-old diamond with a new-found cool factor -- and inspiring a new generation of clients to fall in love with diamonds. In 2005, she founded her brand, Messika, with the philosophy that diamonds should be wearable and comfortable. In 2013, Valérie opened Messika’s flagship store in Paris and two years later her Parisian High Jewelry Atelier. She remains the only businesswoman in France to head her own independent jewelry Maison.