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Paris Jeweler Lydia Courteille Hits Dallas

Paris couture jeweler Lydia Courteille’s two-day visit to Urban Flower Grange Hall in Dallas was her first in “at least” 10 years, so she was a bit stunned to see every client adorned in her designs at a welcome dinner in the boutique’s restaurant on Monday. “I never imagined to meet 18 people wearing my things at the same time, so I was very proud,” Courteille said in her French accent.
Courteille showcased 50 of her jewel-encrusted, 18-karat gold creations, many inspired by the indigenous cultures of Argentina and Guatemala. “When I traveled to Guatemala I was so inspired by the fabrics, by the embroidery, by the culture — Mayan culture,” Courteille noted. “I decided to note everything I saw on my trip — the birds, the archaeology, superstition, legends — everything. I took these one by one and tried to put it into the jewelry.”
Each of Courteille’s creations is a unique, three-dimensional sculpture with a touch of whimsy. For instance, a bejeweled ring of a Mayan step pyramid conceals a pavé-diamond skull that bobbles on a spring, jack-in-the-box style, when the hinged top level hangs open.
The offerings ranged from pink tourmaline, sapphire and diamond flower post earrings priced around $10,000

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