Paul Michael Bedell, founder and chief creative officer of Korbella (meaning “beautiful heart”) acquired an actual staircase section from the Eiffel Tower and has created a line of fine jewelry.
“Paris has always occupied a special place in my heart,” says Bedell. “In fact, it was during a recent vacation there that my daughter fell in love with the city—and with the Eiffel Tower, in particular—and I thought how incredible it would be to create beautiful jewelry containing an actual piece of the world’s most famous and beloved structure.”
Bedell spent a year developing his idea, including locating and buying a piece of the original spiral staircase that once connected the lower Tower floors to the top (it was removed in 1983 for safety reasons and auctioned off), Bedell created his line.
The collection features a limited production of jewelry in sterling silver, vermeil and 18K gold. Necklaces and charms containing a genuine piece of the Eiffel Tower range in price from $400 to $855 in sterling silver; $525 to $1,200 for vermeil. Earrings do not contain a piece of the Eiffel Tower. All jewelry is made in the USA.