From Mine to Store: Lydia Courteille’s Crocodile Cuff

“My animals are bad, really bad—like in real life,” says Parisian designer Lydia Courteille, who ­created this jaw-dropping cuff in homage to two legendary predators. Part of the maison’s Bestiary line of animal-motif pieces, the one-of-a-kind bracelet depicts a diamond-covered snake about to meet his end at the deathly bite of a tsavorite-topped croc. “In my collection, I don’t like things to be always politically correct,” says Courteille, who considers a glimmer of grittiness signature to her work. “I like to show that there is no pity in nature, as in our society.” A lifelong traveler, Courteille gleaned inspiration for the jewel from trips to the Amazon. “I like my clients to travel through my pieces,” she says. “It’s easy to make elegant jewelry out of animals because they’re very graphic. And they tell stories that I love.”Group EffortThirty-one cts.

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