Unlike most little girls, Valérie Messika did not grow up playing with toys. Instead she played with the diamonds that her father, a key player in the trade, brought home from work. Her gemmological education started earlier than most, and it’s given her a passion for the stones that is utterly infectious. Since launching her own fine jewellery brand Messika Joaillerie, she has become known for ultra-wearable ‘everyday’ diamond encrusted designs – pieces that look just as at home paired with daytime denim as they do with evening organza.

Valérie shares her diamond knowledge, and an insight into the jewellery design process, with Lane Crawford.