Ly­dia Courteille

Hong Kong Tatler - - French Connection -

JEW­ELLERY DE­SIGNER BACK­GROUND It was only af­ter a trip to an an­tique jew­eller that Paris-born Ly­dia Courteille dis­cov­ered her pas­sion for gems. As a lit­tle girl, Courteille loved sketch­ing and was ex­tremely cu­ri­ous about science and fash­ion, but it was that fate­ful trip to have an old wrist­watch re­paired that ul­ti­mately led her to be­come a gem­mol­o­gist and col­lec­tor of 18th-cen­tury jew­ellery.

DE­SIGN SIG­NA­TURE Courteille started de­sign­ing in 1989, cre­at­ing be­spoke pieces for clients. She be­gan work­ing on her own col­lec­tions with the idea of giv­ing new life to vintage pieces that were “done very nicely but set very poorly.” Her de­signs in­cor­po­rate a cu­ri­ous mix of an­tique gem­stones and cameos set in elab­o­rate ear­rings and large, bold rings. Courteille loves work­ing with colour, and col­lects brightly hued gems from dif­fer­ent parts of the world. She also uses unique fin­ishes for gold, in­clud­ing red and black rhodium plat­ing, to cre­ate depth.

ARTIS­TIC IN­SPI­RA­TION From French po­etry to ma­sonry crosses, and from na­ture to travel, Courteille says her de­sign ideas are gath­ered from ex­pe­ri­ences, sym­bols, phrases and mem­o­ries. Her latest col­lec­tion, Scar­let Em­press, fea­tures Baroque-style rings and ear­rings inspired by the Rus­sian em­press Cather­ine II, with spinels and ru­bies set in red rhodium gold.

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