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Temple St. Clair I

n the fall of 1987, a year after Temple St. Clair founded her namesake line, Temple St. Clair Fine Jewelry, in Florence, Italy, her first collection debuted exclusively at Barneys New York. The style is best represented by the line’s signature rock crystal amulets and collectible cocktail rings. St. Clair is uncompromising when it comes to materials and craftsmanship. Hand-selected gemstones are set by master Italian goldsmiths, whom she has worked with for more than two decades. Below, St. Clair discusses her influences and offers advice for collectors. What is your unique design point of view? Through years of study in Italy, I am guided by classical rules of balance, symmetry and restraint. How should a woman build a fine jewelry collection that works for today’s lifestyle? For me, quality, individuality and versatility are key. Modern women go from home and family to work to dinner and events. A woman should buy jewelry of exquisite quality that “speaks to her,” that can become her signature. Who would you love to see wearing your jewelry? Great independent women: Michelle Obama, Zaha Hadid, Miuccia Prada, Laura Linney, Oprah, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Tina Fey . . . From where does your love of jewelry stem? My mother and grandmother had great jewelry. Both were collectors, travelers and lovers of beautiful things. A love for detail was instilled in my psyche from a young age. In your opinion, why is jewelry so important to women? For millennia, women have adorned themselves with jewels in an effort to express their individuality. With a true jewel, there is story, mystery and a soulfulness that feeds an emotional need. This desire never wanes.

Tolomeo Pendant in mixed sapphires from the Celestial Collection

Rare pink topaz and rose-cut diamond Bombé Ring

Blue sapphire and royal blue moonstone Mandala Cuff

Royal blue moonstone and sapphire Evil Eye Earrings from the Odyssey Collection

TEMPLE ST. CLAIR Available in New York City in the fine jewelr y departments of Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s Designer Temple St. Clair will make a personal appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue on Oct. 7 Please visit www.templestclair.com for further information 72 | AVENUE MAGAZINE · SEPTEMBER 2010

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Founded in 1976, AVENUE is a must-read among the city’s most discerning, stylish and savvy audiences. As Manhattan’s oldest society magazine...

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Founded in 1976, AVENUE is a must-read among the city’s most discerning, stylish and savvy audiences. As Manhattan’s oldest society magazine...