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French jeweler Lydia Courteille

'Crusades' collection by French jeweler Lydia Courteille

‘Crusades’ collection by French jeweler Lydia Courteille

French jeweler Lydia Courteille is a professional gemologist, globetrotter and scientist. She has been making jewellery since 1996 and for this relatively (for any jewelry brand) short period has established herself as one of the most innovative and daring jewellery designers in the world. Lydia Courteille adores Parisian glamour press: each of her jewelry collection causes a storm of emotions, always positive. The secret of success of Madame Courteille can be explained simply. This beautiful slim blonde started from collecting rare vintage jewelry, then founded her own jewelry studio, two steps from Place Vendome. She began creating unique, rare, mysterious, extraordinary jewels of high quality.

Inside the store

Inside the store

It seems that in the windows of her tiny shop exhibited jewelry for classical plays “La Comedie Francaise” – pins for hats, big buttons, clips for frills, pendants in the form of bows, golden masks with lorgnettes. Inside, the store is similar to the antique shops – faded blue with gold monograms woven drapes, creaky baroque furniture, floral smells of perfume, old and that special kind of semi-darkness that existed in the lighting of before-electricity era.

Amazing jewelry piece nominated for International Jewellery Excellence Award 2013

Amazing jewelry piece nominated for International Jewellery Excellence Award 2013

With prosperous and, let’s be honest, a very massive “art Vendome” Lydia Courteille has nothing in common. She tends to the old boudoir, strong and intentionally theatrical jewellery designs – in the spirit of Baroque or Rococo. She is also very close to Gothic. Actually, Lydia Kurt was one of the first who, after the 150-year hiatus, started making diamond jewelry in the style of “memento mori”. She also loves cameos – worn, old, weak-sighted portraits, bas-reliefs to which she gives the new gold oval frame.

Brooch Giant Leaf Spider of black rhodium, gold, sapphires, green garnets, moon stones

Brooch Giant Leaf Spider of black rhodium, gold, sapphires, green garnets, moon stones

Her main themes – strange insects, birds, fish, monkeys, dogs, crabs, lizards and flowers unknown to science. Her sacred metal – Rhodium gold, creating the impression of vintage, archaic material. Lydia Courteille loves onyx, coral, garnets, tourmalines, peridot, beryl, turquoise, jade, transparent rock crystal, white and brown diamonds, colored sapphires, opals. For creating jewelry she uses rare species of wood, so loved by jewelers of the first half of the XIX century, and then by the masters of Art Deco.

Beauty and the Beast, a French traditional fairy tale

Beauty and the Beast, a French traditional fairy tale

In short, all the jewelry by Lydia Courteille can be combined with the word “exotic”. In a sense, these things can be called “colonial goods”. But they came not from the mysterious and distant countries, but from France.

St.Valentine's Pink Bunny

St.Valentine’s Pink Bunny

Lydia Courteille received awards in the United States and Hong Kong, including the prestigious “Award champion aesthetic Champions” in 2013. Each Lydia Courteille jewel makes fantasy a reality, from surrealist artworks brought to life in gold and enamel, to rock pools of opal glinting on the finger and cuffs of pink gemstone rabbits that evoke tumultuous Alice in Wonderland dreams.

An all White romance with jewellery

An all White romance with jewellery

Beautiful shoot in Vogue China with Lydia Courteille's jewelry

Beautiful shoot in Vogue China with Lydia Courteille jewelry

Chinese Year of a Horse

Chinese Year of a Horse

French jeweler Lydia Courteille - Day of the Dead (Mexican holiday) jewelry collection

Dia de Muertos – Day of the Dead (Mexican holiday) jewelry collection

Diamond earrings in Tatler Russia

Diamond earrings in Tatler Russia

Massive ring with Australian opals

Massive ring with Australian opals

French jeweler Lydia Courteille

Monkey earrings from the Scarlet Empress Collection

Primitive Arts Collection by Lydia Courteille reunites culture, craftsmanship and bold elegance

Primitive Arts Collection by Lydia Courteille reunites culture, craftsmanship and bold elegance

French jeweler Lydia Courteille

Ring from ‘Crusades’ collection by Lydia Courteille

Scarlet Empress

Scarlet Empress by French jeweler Lydia Courteille

Seahorses from Deep Sea collection

Seahorses from Deep Sea collection

The armor Rose ring in sapphires and amethysts

The armor Rose ring in sapphires and amethysts

Earrings - star system

Earrings – star system

Earrings - yellow gold, black diamonds, red sapphires

Earrings – yellow gold, black diamonds, red sapphires

French jeweler Lydia Courteille

Earrings and a ring from the Xochimilco gardens Collection

Earrings Cancer of yellow gold, black diamonds, orange sapphires, fire opals

Earrings Cancer of yellow gold, black diamonds, orange sapphires, fire opals

Earrings of black rhodium, gold, brown and white diamonds, yellow sapphires

Earrings by French jeweler Lydia Courteille. Black rhodium, gold, brown and white diamonds, yellow sapphires

fire opal necklace by Lydia Courteille

fire opal necklace by French jeweler Lydia Courteille

Frida Kahlo Inspired Shoot in Fall's CR Fashion Book covered by Lydia Courteille Jewelry

Frida Kahlo Inspired Shoot in Fall’s CR Fashion Book covered by Lydia Courteille Jewelry

Homage to Surrealism, Asymmetrical Tree People earrings in diamonds, moonstone, green garnets. One of a kind piece

Homage to Surrealism, Asymmetrical Tree People earrings in diamonds, moonstone, green garnets. One of a kind piece by French jeweler Lydia Courteille

Lydia Courteille Tiara Gold, black rhodium, diamonds, rubies, pink sapphires

Lydia Courteille Tiara Gold, black rhodium, diamonds, rubies, pink sapphires

Karl Lagerfeld and French jeweler Lydia Courteille

Karl Lagerfeld and Lydia Courteille

Lydia Courteille in Paris

French jeweler Lydia Courteille in Paris

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