From superstar Gloria Estefan, to Miami’s most fashionable socialites and TV personalities, to the international set in Paris, London and Beirut, Carole Ducass Seikaly’s bohemian chic Chez Carole, one-of-a kind necklaces are in haute demand. Seikaly presents two Chez Carole collections a year in Miami. A third collection travels with her on summer jaunts throughout Europe and the Middle East. Seikaly designs approximately 200 different necklaces for each collection. The intriguing creations are a direct reflection of Seikaly’s own innate sense of style, effortless glamour and elegance.
Well-known in the philanthropy and art worlds in Miami society, the married mother of two is a consummate hostess known for beyond chic dinner parties, which usually include an engaging mix of guests from all over the world and deliciously exotic Lebanese dishes. Like her parties, the charming Seikaly’s necklaces are crafted from an eclectic variety of elements. The design process could start with beads or a pendant she’s had for a while. New or antique beads and objects, which she collects all over the world, eventually become a part of one of the necklaces. Seemingly incongruous materials like baroque pearls and leather strips, aquamarine beads and a silk tassel or wooden beads with black diamonds, come together as dazzling, understated pieces of art that can be dressed up or down. So very Chez Carole!
The Paris-born beauty started designing at age 15. Going back and forth to Beirut, Lebanon, (she grew up between Beirut and Paris) she’d visit the family jeweler to transform and redesign her own fine jewelry. After an impressive fashion internship at Christian Dior in Paris, she was hired in its Haute Couture press office where she worked for eight years, while still designing her own jewelry.
After a move to Miami with husband Oscar Seikaly, she went on to represent a line of diamond jewelry and continued to transform pieces. Fourteen years ago, she stopped representing other jewelers and under the brand Peebles & Seikaly, started two of her own collections, including fine jewelry, which sold at Neiman Marcus in Palm Beach and Bergdorf Goodman. The Chez Carole brand was born soon after and from the first collection, was an instant hit. Miami fashion-fabulous women are discerning and with these unique pieces it’s guaranteed no one will have the same necklace you own. Crucial.
Chez Carole jewelry collections are presented during two trunk shows in Miami each year, which Seikaly announces on social media (which I’ll also post on this site). And a word to the wise. As Chez Carole’s established clients know, when you see a piece you must have, grab it immediately or it’ll disappear faster than Miss Colombia’s ‘Miss Universe’ crown.
CAROLE SEIKALY PORTRAITS BY: DAISY OLIVERA
JEWELRY PHOTOS: Courtesy of CHEZ CAROLE
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JEWELRY GALLERY DETAILS:
1 – SILVER SPIKE $550. Labradorite & pearls, sterling pendant inset with turquoise (from designer in Amsterdam)
2 – HORSESHOE $450. – bone, aquamarine, amazonite, sand beads & oxidized metal horseshoe
3 – TIGEREYE $620. Square and round tiger eye, onyx beads. Pendant from Asia.
4 – BLACK & WHITE $650. Black matte onyx and bone beads, Batik pendant
5 – FRENCH SILK TASSEL $475. Amazonite, aquamarine, smoky quartz, hand carved beads, sterling silver chain
6 – EMOJI WITH SUNGLASSES & ARROW $1250. black diamonds, oxidized silver
7 – BLACK DIAMOND LEAF $1200. Amethyst, freshwater pearls, rhodolite garnet, black diamonds
8 – BROWN WOOD BEADS, HORN, WHITE EVIL EYE $1500. Wood beads, horn, whit enamel, black diamonds
9 – PEARL CHAIN & BAROQUE PEARL PENDANT $1200. Labradorite, baroque pearl pendant, diamond links, 2 big agates
10- SILVER & GOLD MULTI-STRAND $1550. Gold vermeil, silver chain, happy Buddha in bone, wood, diamonds; resin pendant set w diamonds
11 – MESSY NECKLACE $1400. Knotted labradorite, moonstone, baroque pearls, diamonds, onyx
12 – EMOJI EVIL EYE & WOOD LOVE PENDANTS $1600. Wood disc inset with black diamonds; yellow enamel emoji framed in diamonds
13 – WINKING EMOJI $1450. enamel emoji, black diamonds
14 – WHITE ENAMEL KISS EMOJI $1500. white enamel, black bone, horn, black diamonds
15 – SMILING EMOJI & STARFISH $1600. yellow enamel, starfish black diamonds, white sapphire chain
16 – TINY OCTOPUS & WHITE HORN $1200. white horn, black diamond octopus, white sapphire beads chain
17 – DIAMOND FLOWER $1600. Raw diamond chain, black diamond flower
18 – MEDITATION BUDDHA TREE BEADS $550. Baroque pearls, freshwater pearl tassel on leather, sterling silver ring