Isabelle Langlois

Gemstones are second nature to Isabelle Langlois – her grandfather was a skilled gemcutter from the Jura Mountains.  In 1929 he came to Paris and established a company specializing in gemstone cutting and trading.  By the early 1950’s it had become one of the biggest such companies in Europe, cutting stones for some of the top jewellery houses in Paris, such as Van Cleef et Arpels, Cartier and Chaumet.  Isabelle’s father Daniel hunted the world for the most beautiful gemstones, and founded the French Gemmological Association in 1961.  He is still known as one of the world’s leading experts on coloured gemstones.  His passion has been passed onto his daughter.  After training in the prestigious workshops used by some of the great French jewel houses,  she opened her first boutique near to the Place de Vendôme, long renowned as the heart of French Haute Joaillerie district, and her jewels are now exhibited around the world.

She says –  ‘The two things that I love most in the world are flowers and jewels.  Each jewel I create is a bouquet of colours….’  Her magical combinations of coloured gemstones are those you might see in a wonderful herbaceous border, but created in a longer-lasting palette of stones, rather than flowers.  ‘Mother Nature could be considered as the Supreme Artist.  Her colour palette is infinite, the variety of her drawings defy our imagination’.

We first saw Isabelle’s designs some ten years ago and are thrilled to have the opportunity to show you a small selection of her work.