Kate Moss loves jewelry a lot. Like, a lot a lot. Messika by Kate Moss, the British supermodel’s new collaboration with the French jeweler, unveiled today at Paris Fashion Week, features 70 pieces of high jewelry divided into 11 sets. Encompassing everything from Art Deco baguette-cut diamond bracelets and rings to vibrantly colored diamond-and-malachite necklaces and bohemian head jewelry, the pieces are inspired by Moss’s impressive personal collection of antique jewelry, which she has been building ever since her career took off in the ’90s.
Last fall, Moss starred in Messika’s Lucky Move campaign with model Joan Smalls and actress Sylvia Hoeks; this project grew out of that photo shoot. A labor of love, it required Moss and Valérie Messika, the house’s founder and artistic director, to travel back and forth between Moss’s home in London and Messika’s atelier in Paris to work on it together. Of course, this was all done before lockdowns began in Europe last spring.
Ahead, Moss chats about jewelry collecting, “easygoing diamonds,” and where she stands on the “getting dressed while working from home” debate.
I hear you have an amazing personal collection of antique jewelry you drew inspiration from for the Messika by Kate Moss collection. Can you tell us more about how the collaboration came about?
Well, when we shot the Messika campaign last year, Valérie saw my love for diamonds. There were a lot of diamonds on set, and I was just very happy to stand there all day admiring them. I just love diamonds. I love looking at them. I love playing with them. So we got to chatting and she said, “Should we meet after and maybe do something together?” It all flowed really naturally.
When she saw my jewelry box, she kind of was surprised. She thought that it was going to be very rock ’n’ roll, but it’s actually more diverse. I collect different eras and different cultures, and it’s a bit more eclectic.
What are your favorite styles of antique jewelry?
I love Art Deco jewelry, particularly baguette diamonds. I have a bit of a collection of that. And then I have more hippy ’70s styles. Jewelry that you would wear on the beach—quite easygoing diamonds. I want to be able to wear diamonds all the time, in every situation. And then there’s the more, like, bohemian pieces. I’ve been to India a lot, and I always buy a…