BACKGROUND The enigmatic woman now known as Edéenne plunged into the world of jewellery in 2004. Born in Quebec, she studied physics, cinema and art history before moving to Paris where she worked in the movie industry, launched one of France’s first internet companies, and went on to coach entrepreneurs and CEOS as a corporate strategist. It was while on a diving holiday in Italy that she had something of an epiphany and decided to revive her teenage passion—and to take on her grandmother’s name, shedding her previous identity and refusing to discuss it. After taking jewellery classes in Paris, Edéenne launched her first solo public exhibition in 2008.
DESIGN SIGNATURE Bold, intricately detailed and sculptured shapes are inspired by classic stories such as Tristan & Yseult, films including The Fifth Element and traditional Chinese tales. FAVOURITE MATERIALS As eclectic as her designs, materials run the gamut—they have included a 67-carat Colombian emerald, a 125-carat citrine, a 65-carat red tourmaline, a 30-carat yellow diamond with sparkling emeralds, ice-blue aquamarines, rubellite cabochons, jade and white gold.