"Diamonds, rubies, green garnets, white and yellow sapphires are combined with semi-precious stones such as jade, pink jasper and onyx in white gold and rhodium settings." Lydia Courteille
Definitely, one of these precious items is on my Christmas Wish-List, and if you'd like, follow my linkage to each collection theme of Lydia Courteille, and take a view and inspiration for wonderful presents to offer your 'beloved' (not only for Christmas!).
Lydia has everything of a mischievous heroine in a boudoir, with a doll’s face and her hair, cut with a cheeky fringe; Lydia Courteille is a Parisian fairy tale reknown for her cabinet of curiosities where she pulls the strings, 100% dreamlike.
This year Lydia Courteille was debuting in the international jewelry show 'Couture', Las Vegas, which reunites every year in America the most remarkable jewelers in the world. Lydia presented her latest collection «Amazonia». The prestigious members of the jury (Susan Abels, Stephen Webster, Janice Blumberg, Eric Ford, Claudia Mata & Alison Rowe) selected from over 200 participants the most innovative, creative and bold designs. Lydia Courteille was chosen award winner as the best «colored gemstone design» for the green turquoise bracelet with diamonds, emeralds and green garnets.
2012 Design Award by Lydia Courteille - Congratulations!
Her Parisian boutique is 'petite', but unique for it’s 19th century vitrines, where a baroque sentiment is guarantied, set against velvety midnight blue and it’s number: 231, almost the Faubourg but already Saint Honoré, refurbished by Roxanne Rodriguez debut 2012.
Here, you meet the stylish, the fanciful and the feminine literary figures with their vamp-jeweled fingers; women with spirit for these conversational jewels. It is here; in this Orphean decoration that Lydia Courteille cultivates her dreams, like in a greenhouse. An incredible carnival of vintage jewellery, gleaned through the lifetime of a passionate antiquarian, fond of the extraordinary, who decides, one day, to create what she was relentlessly searching for.
|Collection 'Esotericism' by Lydia Courteille|
|Collection 'My secret garden' by Lydia Courteille|
|Collection 'Vanities' by Lydia Courteille|
|Collection 'To Cassandra' by Lydia Courteille|
Turquoise, opal, jade, coral, ivory – every vitrine has its color, its theme. Her creations are like stories to be read. There is the imaginary of a terrifying bestiary worthy of Jérome Bosch paintings, from which she diverts the diabolical for the beauty of their forms: snakes, bats, wasps, frogs or monkeys adorned with diamonds are on familiar terms with gargantuesque stones, cut to amaze, so much so that the volumes express themselves largely on one’s hand. Each piece of jewelry is unique and all the big names of the ‘Place’ neighboring don’t hesitate to inspire themselves from them, for their “no limit” imagination.
Amongst her huge list of clients are celebrities such as Alber Elbaz, Arielle Dombasle, Brooke Shields, Carine Roitfeld, Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni, Daphne Guinness, Diane von Furstenberg, Fendi, Giambattista Valli, Karl Lagerfeld, Loulou de la Falaise, Mick Jagger, Victoire de Castellane, Stella McCartney.
|Collection 'The 13th sign' by Lydia Courteille|
|Collection 'African' by Lydia Courteille|
|Collection 'Bestiary' by Lydia Courteille|
|Collection 'Cabinet of curiosities' by Lydia Courteille|
|Collection 'Cameos and carvings' by Lydia Courteille|
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Photo Credit/Source: © Lydia Courteille
Illustration: Natalie Shau for Lydia Courteille
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