As a Southern girl with a nomadic spirit and a voracious appetite for history and culture, Temple St. Clair spent summer vacations in Morocco and Bavaria, attended boarding school in Switzerland, and went night diving in Honduras with the son of Jacques Cousteau. By her early twenties, she had completed a master's in Italian literature in Florence.
During a visit, her mother brought with an ancient coin, asking St. Clair to commission a local goldsmith to make a piece of jewelry around it. It was then she first discovered the centuries-old art of fine Italian jewelry-making in the ancient Palazzo dell'Orafo of Florentine goldsmiths, opening up a new world that engaged her multicultural education, far-flung experiences, and natural curiosity.
Today, her eponymous fine jewelry line is known for distinctive gold work and fabulous flair with colored gemstones - in everything from her signature rock crystal amulets to collectible cocktail rings. (And if it's a tad out of your current budget, be sure to save your pennies for some pieces from her limited edition Temple St. Clair for Target collection which will be available this fall, from August 29 through December 26, 2010.)We have three copies to give away of her luscious coffeetable book:
This idiosyncratic excursion into the intricate history and craft of jewelry making - from the ancient origins of talismans and charms, to the complicated pursuit of the perfect gemstone - is filled with gorgeous full-page pix of some of her best pieces. To be one of the the three lucky winners, enter by subscribing to their newsletter HERE on the special FT page on TempleStClair.com.
- Lesley Scott
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