Lydia Courteille’s edgy designs, versatility and passion for fine craftsmanship have made her one of the most in-demand designers in the High Jewellery scene today. Based in Paris, Courteille is the driving force behind a 30-year-old eponymous design house from the Place Vendôme.
Described as a lover of history, nature and gemmology, she launched her career as an antique jewellery specialist. Several years later, she tried her hand at designing, creating fairy tale-inspired, imaginative and ornately detailed pieces that were as unforgettable as they were timeless.
Courteille’s collections are often requested for placement on couture runways and films, and sold in luxury boutiques worldwide. One of her high-profile fans, fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld, even described her as “a genius for making jewellery.”
In an interview with JNA, Courteille talks about one of her most exciting collections, The Queen of Sheba, which pays tribute to Ethiopia and its rich cultural and geographical diversity.
JNA: What inspired you to create the Queen of Sheba Collection?
Lydia Courteille: I had been in the antique business for years, and I had in my hand at the time many, many beautiful pieces of jewellery. I love archaeology and I love travelling. My job took me to exotic places and made me discover many cultures. I love immersing myself in different worlds. I travelled to Ethiopia, and that’s how the Queen of Sheba Collection was born.
The full story appears in JNA’s February issue. To subscribe, click here.