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Lydia Courteille ,Paris
By: Diamond World News Service
Aug 1 2016 11:42AM
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Talking of combination of traditional themes, fine design and bold colours, no one does it better than Lydia Courtielle from Paris. This Parisian born gemologist, antique jewellery expert and designer never stops surprising jewellery patrons with her designs, which are inspired from nature, history, ethnicity, religions, etc.

“Trips, nature, archeology and a lot of readings; I am inspired by everything in fact. The most difficult thing is to gather all the elements: stones, story, colours, and emotions. The process is a kind of a puzzle,” shares Lydia.

Her designs are like unraveling the mystery of the past. Each of her creation retains natural, historical or symbolical references; call them story in jewels. Be it Queen of Sheba collection that took inspiration from Queen of Sheba, a divine creature, an alluring sorceress of great intelligence and wisdom or Deep Sea collection that are sea-inspired designs; one just keeps admiring the high-design of her jewellery.

So how did jewellery happen to Lydia? Was it chance or a thoughtful decision? I was curious to know. And I was not surprised when Lydia said “It was serendipity, all happened by chance with some luck after many years working in the antique jewellery business. Antiques influenced and continue to inspire my designs. I graduated with a degree in bio-chemistry in Paris.” The world of jewellery was meant to have this brilliant designer and she found her way.

This led to Lydia founding her own jewellery studio in Paris. Since then, she has established herself as one of the most known jewellery designers, who have been revered for their imaginative and daring designs. The cozy baroque 19th century studio bathed in indigo light is a home to her jewellery collection, antique jewellery and stones.

Reminiscing her foray in the world of jewellery design, Lydia says “I came to the jewellery business because my watch, bought by an antique jeweller, fell down and broke. He repaired it and then offered me a job, and I accepted. Now you know what I mean by serendipity and luck.” I sure did.

A lot of her creations are the result of her travelling, wherein she gets inspired by the culture, nature, religion, people, etc. Asymmetrical “tree people” earrings, an articulated lobster ring, a giant “leaf spider” broche with green moonstones, or even a pair of Egyptian inspired “charade” bangles, Seahorses and octopus ornate earrings and necklaces; these kind of fine jewellery is hard to miss. Its originality, distinctiveness makes it so special for the jewellery connoisseurs.

Talking about her recent collection, Lydia says “In my recent collection the beginning was about finding and purchasing the stones, opals in that case. Then their colour made me think about the Harem Topkapi ceramics. Subsequently, I used the Iznik ceramic designs to build a whole collection.”

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