Jewelry designer Temple St. Clair will become the first American woman and only the third American — joining famed stained glass artist Louis Comfort Tiffany and sculptor Alexander Calder — to have her work inducted into the permanent collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, located in the west wing of the Louvre in Paris. Her 18-karat, eight ring Tolomeo pendant, a centerpiece of her Celestial Collection, is inspired by first century astronomer Ptolemy’s hypothesis that the earth was the center of the universe. The constellations and “ebb and flow of the cosmos” are represented in the revolving rings of sapphires and diamonds.
According to the museum, the Tolomeo pendant was chosen not only for engineering and craftsmanship, but because it embraces the universal storytelling St. Clair incorporates into her work. For 30 years, the artist has used jewelry to explore themes and issues that fascinate her. “I am still learning to be a jewelry designer but I am a storyteller,” St. Clair says. The Virginia native founded her company in Florence, Italy in 1986 with some of the world’s finest goldsmiths. Her collections blend rare gemstones with detailed gold work to represent a luxurious and voluptuous vision of humanity.
St. Clair received the GEM award for jewelry design in 2016, the industry’s most prestigious honor. Her perennial pieces, many collected by devotees around the world, are available at Eiseman Jewelers in Dallas. Not only a storyteller but a concerned global citizen, she donates a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of her Lion Cub Collection to aid a Kenyan non-profit, Lion Guardians, dedicated to saving the species. The museum induction will happen this fall. www.templestclair.com.