12 February 2018

Lydia Courteille's crystal balls

In each country-inspired collection, the Paris designer comes up with an open ring featuring a head and a rock crystal ball on each end. “An iconic figure looking towards the future,” as Lydia Courteille explains. In this way she creates collections within collections, with a series of historical face-to-faces: Mao and the Chinese emperor; the Hopi Indian chief and the American flag; the Inca Atahualpa and Francisco Pizarro. And now we have the palpitating thought of Suleiman the Magnificent gazing at a naked beauty symbolizing the emancipation of women…

  • Lydia Courteille - "Un automne à Pékin", chinese emperor in gold, yellow amber... and Mao carved in a crystal ball

  • Lydia Courteille - "Rosa del Inca", Atahualpa in pink gold, diamonds ... and Francisco Pizarro carved in a crystal ball

  • Lydia Courteille - Hopi Indian chief in gold, enamel, gemstones... and the American flag carved in a rock crystal ball

  • Lydia Courteille - "Topkapi", Suleiman the Magnificent in gold, diamonds, garnet... and a naked beauty carved in a crystal ball

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