Temple St. Clair founded her company in 1986 in Florence, Italy, beginning her collaboration with the world's finest goldsmiths - the centuries-old Florentine goldsmiths' guild. That same year, St. Clair became the first fine jeweler to be represented and carried by Barneys New York. With an artist's eye and explorer's heart, St. Clair fashions rare colored gems with distinctive gold work to illustrate universal narratives of the earth and cosmos.
Temple's Fine Jewellery collection is recognized for iconic rock crystal amulets, triple granulation and archer's granule; all are signature brand elements with a nod to the designer's classical foundation.
With her High Jewellery collection, St. Clair celebrates a connoisseur level of gemstones with one-of-a-kind pieces born out of an ongoing quest for the rarest stones in the world such as richly patterned Lightening Ridge Australian Black Opal, electric blue Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline, fiery African Tsavorite, and her iconic Royal Blue Moonstone.
St. Clair's Haute Couture Jewellery collection represents artistry at its most collectible. Uncompromising in her choice of materials and execution, St. Clair explores themes that are meaningful to her through a lens of whimsy and discovery. Her critically acclaimed, Mythical Creatures from The Golden Menagerie, made its début at the Louvre Museum in Paris in January 2015. The second chapter of the Golden Menagerie trilogy, Wings of Desire, was presented at the Salon: Art + Design at the Park Avenue Armory in November 2015. The final chapter, The Big Game, was exhibited in December 2016 at the prestigious DeLorenzo Gallery in New York City.
Temple St. Clair received a B.A. in Italian Studies from Smith College and a M.A. in Italian Renaissance Literature from Middlebury College. St. Clair was awarded the Hall of Fame Award for design in 2011 by the Accessories Council. In 2016, Temple St. Clair received the GEM Award for Jewellery Design, the industry's most prestigious honor, for her work on The Golden Menagerie. Publications on St. Clair's work include Alchemy, A Passion for Jewels published by Harper Collins in 2008 and The Golden Menagerie published by Assouline in 2016. In 2017, Temple St. Clair joins Louis Comfort Tiffany and Alexander Calder as the third American jewelry designer whose work is represented in the permanent collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts at the Louvre in Paris.
Temple St. Clair's jewels are treasured by devoted collectors. Her collections are sold throughout North America, Europe and Japan.
Jewelers of America's 14th annual GEM Awards on January 8 at Cipriani 42nd Street cast a spotlight on Temple St. Clair, who received the 2016 GEM Award for Jewelry Design, the industry's most prestigious award. The winners in the categories of Jewelry Design, Media Excellence, and Watch Design were revealed live to an audience of more than 450 of the jewelry industry's elite.
Temple St. Clair's design achievements in 2015 included the launch of her Wings of Desire and the debut of Mythical Creatures at Les Art Décoratifs of The Louvre. These collections, parts one and two of her Haute Couture The Golden Menagerie trilogy, explore humanity's relationship with animals, from the fairy tale to the realistic, mythical, and imaginary.
Jewelry design is one of four categories that comprise the annual awards, which aim to recognize those whose "work raises the visibility and status of fine jewelry and watches." The other nominees in the Jewelry Design category were Caroline Scheufele, Co-President and Artistic Director of Chopard and Sevan Bıçakçı. The award was