Temple St Clair jewelry: a magical menagerie of one of a kind creatures

Dubbed Mythical Creatures from the Golden Menagerie, the latest collection of Temple St. Clair jewelry is a bestiary of extraordinary animals.

Temple St. Clair Sleeping Fox ring in yellow gold with spinels, mandarin garnets, diamonds and emeralds for eyes.

By Tanya Dukes

A catalog of instantly identifiable signatures, from rock crystal amulets to charms in celestial motifs, are evidence of Temple St. Clair's place among the preeminent names in contemporary jewelry. And with the latest Temple St. Clair jewelry collection of one-of-a-kind designs, her ambitions have reached their broadest scope yet.

Dubbed Mythical Creatures from the Golden Menagerie, the capsule of nine pieces shows off the artistry Temple St. Clair has developed in more than 30 years of design. Her bestiary of extraordinary animals, including a Medusa Jellyfish ring featuring a rare, luminous Andamooka opal and a curvaceous Flying Fish bracelet in a cascade of moonstones, tsavorites and Paraiba tourmalines, plays to her strengths: refined gold technique and an unerring eye for colored gemstones. 

The pieces are the culmination of three years of effort. St. Clair put the project in motion - first sketching preliminary designs, then sculpting models and choosing gemstones but readily acknowledges the team of artisans that helped to realise her vision. The intricacy of the work made their specialist contributions indispensible. "Many of the techniques and materials I used for this collection were unchartered territory for me," she admits. To achieve the textured, fur-like surface of the Sleeping Fox ring required the help of a Florentine chiseler who is "one of the last of his kind in the jewelry world". The Secret Garden Serpent necklace was assembled in several phases to create a skeleton of mobile gold vertebrae, disassembled so that a gem setter could place more than 1,000 stones, then put together all over again. The final cast of contributors included engravers, stonecutters, master setters, bookbinders and leather artisans. 

Temple St. Clair enlisted fellow creative Nancy Lorenz, an artist whose work has been commissioned by names like Prada and Bottega Veneta, to contribute to the project, too. For each jewel, Lorenz crafted a wooden presentation box, individually decorated to complement its design, and embellished with precious materials like gold leaf, lacquer and mother-of-pearl. Joining forces wasn't a difficult decision; each was a fan of the other. "Nancy and I have been bartering for each other's work for years," she explains.  "It seemed natural to do a project together. I wanted her to create beautiful boxes destined to be the world for each of my creatures." 

The career milestones are going to keep coming. During Paris couture, she will display her latest, precious collection of Temple St. Clair jewelry at the Museum of Decorative Arts of the Louvre to celebrate the official debut of her new high jewelry collection, plus give a "sneak preview" of her latest project. 

Editor's Pick

The Jewellery Editor is for sale

Help us make the future bright

Since founding The Jewellery Editor in 2010, we have grown our digital magazine to be the number one global source of information and inspiration for fine jewellery and luxury watches.

3,500 articles, 150 videos and a reach of over 2 million per month on social media later, we have offered unparalleled and highly respected coverage of our sector. However, despite our editorial success, we are financially struggling as an independent publisher.

Entirely funded, owned and run by Christine and Maria in London, we are now looking to sell The Jewellery Editor so that it can continue to grow in the hands of a different owner. As e-commerce becomes a priority in our industry, we believe there is huge potential for engaging editorial content and are seeking a buyer who shares our values and passion so that under their guidance we can give a bright future to the platform.

We can’t commit to financing the website for much longer so if we don’t manage to initiate any meaningful conversations in the next few weeks, the website will be frozen on 1st April 2018. If and when we find a suitable partner we will revive it and take it to the next stage.

If you are interested to discuss the above, please contact [email protected]

Alternatively, if you are willing to help, you can donate so that in the meantime, we can continue to publish more interesting content.

Terms and conditions

READ MORE

RECOMMENDED

MOST POPULAR

We use our own and third party cookies to improve your experience and our services. If you continue, we consider that you accept their use. You can get more information on your website at cookies policy.