Temple St. Clair Mystical Creatures
Temple St. Clair released the company’s first high jewelry collection, “Mystical Creatures” which is comprised of nine pieces that display a nature theme. These unique pieces are created by the same Florentine craftsmen that were there since the jewelry company began and are adorned with an omnibus amount of colorful gemstones.
Mystical creatures jewelry pieces were created in part of a collaboration with artists found outside the realm of jewelry. Temple St. Clair’s main partner in this collection is a contemporary artist, Nancy Lorenz who is particularly known for working with precious materials such as mother of pearl inlay, lacquer and gold leaf who created a signature jewel box for each piece.
She also received services from the photographer Robert Clark, who is best known for his work with National Geographic. His stylized photographs and St. Clair’s sketches and stories behind each piece are included in a personalized, hand-bound leather book designed and built in Florence. These wonderful additions are designed to fit inside a wooden box, which were made in Kyoto and then subsequently lined in leather in Florence.
For St. Clair this project is the culmination of a life in jewelry, art and design.
“Three years in actually making (the collection) and 30 years of having it come together,” St. Clair said during an interview in her New York studio. “I do a lot of bespoke work in the high jewelry realm (for private clients) but I haven’t worked in that realm necessarily on my own. And most of the bespoke work and high jewelry work goes to individuals. So we can’t show it or really talk about it that much. This is my first entrance into this level.”