«Expertise is fundamental to my work. It translates as respect for both the techniques we use and the craftspeople behind them.»
«Before each piece of jewellery there is a hand-made model in a Parisian workshop with whom I have been working since the beginning. I need this close relationship with these remarkable craftsmen, the only ones capable of bringing to life my sketches drawn quickly on a loose sheet of paper or my approximate tests on the body. Together, we look for shapes, we twist, we weld, we hammer. The exchange is essential. It's my favorite part. Without them, the brand would not exist. At least, it wouldn't be so rich.»
Made in France
«All my jewelry is developed and made in French workshops. I need a close relationship with these remarkable craftspeople as they are the only ones able to bring to life my rough sketches on scraps of paper and very approximate tests on the body. Working together, we find forms, we twist, we solder, we hammer. We talk a lot. It’s my favorite time. Without them, the brand wouldn’t exist - or at least it wouldn’t be as rich.»
18 carat vermeil
«Vermeil (silver covered in gold) is a precious material that I like a lot. It’s lighter than solid gold, so it means that I can create larger-scale pieces that make more of a statement. A beautiful yet rather demanding metal to work with, it requires its own special expertise. All our vermeil jewelry is made in French workshops by exceptional smelters who I am very proud to work with.»
Note: Vermeil carries a State hallmark and is the subject of customs regulations. In France it must consist of a sterling silver base, plated with at least 5 microns of 18-carat gold.
«I love combining vermeil with silver. We only use rhodium-plated silver, which is silver covered with a fine layer of rhodium to allow a patina to develop as it ages.»
«Alongside my vermeil and silver line, I developed pieces in 18 carat gold. As a material, I enjoy working with it just as much for its brightness, as its solidity. Rigid and stainless, it allows me to extend my lines a little further, to play a little differently with forms and curves.»
Note: 18 carat gold carries a State hallmark representing an eagle’s head. Its alloy must consist of at least 75% pure gold. It’s stainless and non-allergenic.
«As I don’t come from the diamond world, I don’t have any hang-ups about using diamonds. For me, it’s a just another material I can use in my work, that’s very beautiful, very bright. It’s another world, I’ve been incredibly lucky to discover it alongside one of the best diamantaires in Paris. Their stones are exceptional, it’s just amazing to work with such extraordinary stones, but I try to retain a certain beginner’s enthusiasm when it comes to using diamonds, so I don’t stick too closely to the established rules.»
Note: All our diamonds are certified by the Responsible Jewelry Council.
Photographer: Ola Rindal