Lydia Courteille par Juliet Weir-de La Rochefoucauld

Lydia Courteille par Juliet Weir-de La Rochefoucauld

Titre de livre: Lydia Courteille

Auteur: Juliet Weir-de La Rochefoucauld

Broché: 240 pages

Date de sortie: November 1, 2016

ISBN: 1851498370

Éditeur: ACC Art Books

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  • A stunning monograph on Lydia Courteille, a French-born gemologist and antique-jewellery expert
  • Inspired by the past and the present, Lydia Courteille's jewellery pieces are the heirlooms of the future to be fought over by collectors for many generations to come

Parisian jeweller Lydia Courteille has been making a very special name for herself over the past thirty years; with her avant-garde and unusual jewellery designs, she has been keeping the Place Vendôme Jewellery Houses on their toes. She is always two to three steps ahead of the fashion world and her inventiveness and daring in the world of high jewellery is legendary.

Taking her inspiration from cultural landmarks in France and from numerous historical and literary sources including film, she has combined her love of unusual gemstones with colour combinations that speak to the senses: her chlorophyll green in the Amazonia collection, the sunny bright vitamin C oranges of her Xochimilco collection and the azure blues in the Abysse collection all tease our imagination.

Famous for her memento mori and vanity rings, she combines symbols of faith with reminders of mortality to create a juxtaposition of meanings for the wearer to ponder upon. Never macabre and always witty, her edgy jewels recount the tales and the cultural differences from every part of the globe. She deliberately combines symbols to create a duality in her jewels, such as the sickle and hammer of the Soviet period with the ultra femininity of eighteenth century jewellery design imposing contrast and debate in her Scarlet Empress collection.

To see, to touch and to wear Courteille's jewels is to travel to rarely visited spots in the world, from the sulphurous volcanic landscape of the Danakil desert to the remote tribes of the Omo Valley and the Bontoc people of the Philippines.

Her jewels have a presence, a femininity, designed by a woman, they demand respect; they are for strong, confident, women.

One of the most crucial aspects for a book of this genre is its photographs, which in this case happen to be just about as good as it gets. Readers can see for themselves why this jewelry is not for the faint of heart. Her thematically designed pieces are ablaze in color stones and finishes. --Jeffrey Felner "New York Journal of Books, November 7, 2016 "

Study of a Parisian jeweller who has been in the business for over 30 years and is noted for her advant-garde designs; studded with full-colour images of her work. --BOOKS Ireland

A Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem A), Juliet Weir-de La Rochefoucauld began her career at Sotheby's & Co., London. Based in France, she is also the author of Twenty-First Century Jewellery Designers: An Inspired Style ISBN 9781851497294 (Antique Collectors' Club, 2013). Juliet's great-grandfather, Thomas Weir, founded the jewellers Weir & Sons in Dublin in 1869, a company that is still run by members of the family.