Lydia Courteille’s Majestic New Queen of Sheba Collection



While in Paris last week for the Bijorhca, Who’s Next, Première Classe, and Maison et Objet (more on those soon!), I was able to visit Lydia Courteille’s boutique and spend an hour or so gazing at her new (and a few classic) creations.

Tucked away on the Rue Saint-Honoré, not far from the ultra-luxe Place Vendôme, the intimate boudoir-style shop houses a veritable bejeweled world of wonders: collections including the jungle-themed Amazonia; the Russian-influenced Scarlett Empress; the Native American–inspired Rainbow Warrior Prophecy; and her newest, the Queen of Sheba collection, which pays homage to the mythical, mysterious biblical queen.

A trip to Ethiopia a few years ago gave Courteille the idea for this 18-piece collection. Among the designer’s geographic influences: the Omo Valley–dwelling Mursi Tribes, the Lalibela churches (carved into the earth of solid rock), and the volcanic Danakil Desert (“the cruelest place on earth,” wrote National Geographic); and the Ark of the Covenant, which, according to legend, can be found at the Church of St. Mary of Zion in Axum, Ethiopia.

Scroll down to see just a few of Courteille’s Sheba pieces. (All prices on request; Lydia Courteille, Paris, 33-14-261-1171, lydiacourteille.com)

 

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Ring in 18k brown rhodium gold with 7.8 cts. t.w. tsavorites and 71.5 ct. green tourmaline

 

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Tiara in 18k black rhodium gold with 2.67 cts. t.w. brown diamonds, 3.48 cts. t.w. yellow sapphires, 13.7 cts. t.w. tsavorites, and 49.5 cts. t.w. peridot
 

 

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Ring in 18k black rhodium gold with 1 ct. t.w. yellow sapphires, 4.05 cts. t.w. tsavorites, and 26.5 ct. green tourmaline
 

 

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Earrings in 18k black rhodium gold, 0.13 ct. t.w. diamonds, 0.14 ct. t.w. yellow sapphires, 19.75 cts. t.w. tsavorites, 25.3 cts. t.w. peridots, 14.65 cts. t.w. opals, and 7 cts. t.w. green tourmalines

 

Top: Ring in 18k brown rhodium gold with 4.5 cts. t.w. tsavorites, 1.05 cts. t.w. opals, and 29.6 cts. t.w. green tourmaline