Two steps from the Place Vendome in rue Saint Honoré lies a small shop teeming with curiosities, a place where collectors worldwide, experts and amateurs together, gather to discover Lydia Courteille’s world of rarities - of modern and antique jewellery.
Here, flamboyant creativity meets the unusual and the rarest of gemstones.
Scientist, collector, gemmologist and traveller, but at heart an antique jewellery dealer, Lydia Courteille started to create more than ten years ago, conjuring up more than thirty collections so that she could share her passions, knowledge and creativity with her clients.
A free spirit, her humour and audacity knows no limits; provocation is never far away from her extraordinary imagination. Mysterious symbols, archaeology from the distant past, flora and fauna are all part of her intoxicating mix. Her jewels are nevertheless wearable and her parures noble in style.
To enter Lydia Courteille’s curiosity cabinet is to take a journey of discovery into the world of conversation jewellery with stories to tell.
“I make jewels as others might write poetry”(after Madeleine Castaing)
The boutique is a cabinet of curiosities that serves as a precious box for numerous collection, exhibition place, but also have a museum spirit: the pieces are presented as treasures one discovers.
Twice a year the window display transforms into a scenography that illustrates a new collection.