By and and and  on September 25, 2008

ROVING EYE: During his long career as head of Hermès, Jean-Louis Dumas, who stepped down in 2006 due to illness, snapped thousands of photos on his Leica during his many travels around the world. Around 100 of those black-and-white images are on display at Paris’ Maison Européenne de la Photographie. It is the first museum exhibition dedicated to Dumas’ work. German editor Steidl is publishing a tome to coincide with the show, which runs through Oct. 26.

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5-7 Rue de Fourcy 75004; +33-1-44-78-75-00

A SENTIMENTAL STORY: Place Vendôme jeweler Chaumet is hosting an exhibition devoted to “sentimental” bijoux in its salons overlooking the famed Parisian square. Curated by Beatrice de Plinval, the show, which was four years in the making, features an exquisite lineup of jewels from the Renaissance to the Belle Epoque. Each jewel was selected for its rarity and ability to illustrate the history of romantic jewelry through the ages. Unsurprisingly, many boast impressive provenances, including the royal collections of Holland and Denmark. The latter shared an earring made from pieces of shrapnel that wounded Christian IV of Denmark. The piece, a national treasure conserved in Rosenborg Palace in Copenhagen, is so precious that only one of the pair was sent for the exhibit.

Chaumet, 12 Place Vendôme 75001; +33-1-44-77-26-26

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