Paris' High-Wire Act

Taher Chemirik, 51, is one of those fashion-world secrets whispered from one chic ear to another for years before the rest of us catch on. But in the past six months, word of the Algerian-born jeweler's signature bold style has leaked out. Now in-the-know editors and jewelry fanatics alike are sporting his large link necklaces, wide cuffs and diamond-cut wooden rings. Bottega Veneta's Thomas Maier describes Chemirik as having "great talent and design integrity," while retailer Janet Brown says that "clients who buy Taher end up collecting him."

Chemirik's work—handcrafted in Paris—is for "women with character" who "are looking for something...

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