French jewelry designer Raymond Templier
According to French jewelry designer Raymond Templier, he saw ideas for jewelry literally everywhere. For example, when walking along the streets. He was ready to respond to everything – wheels, cars and modern mechanisms. The most daring of his contemporaries, he easily turned the propellers of an airplane, gears and connecting rods into brooches and clips made of precious materials.
Noteworthy, Raymond’s father and grandfather were jewelers. It was his grandfather who founded Maison Tamplier in 1849. His sophisticated clientele sought mainly jewelry for family celebrations: engagement, weddings and anniversaries … Could he imagine the modernist creations of his grandson?
R. Templier is best known for his art deco and abstract design in the 1920s and 1930s. He became one of a small group of art deco innovators who created works in a minimalistic geometric style, focused on cubism and images of industrial production.
One of his jewelry designs – “Skyscrapers” earrings made of platinum demonstrate the ideas of constructivism. In addition, Templier adorned the geometric elements of his precious designs with bright enamel or Japanese varnish.