Thursday, September 14, 2017

Haute couture jewelry maker Temple St. Clair visits the Charleston Library Society

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Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 4:36 PM

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Imagine a world paved with the rarest, most precious gemstones — ones that would make even Gollum shake with envy. For Temple St. Clair, seeking out these beauties is her everyday reality.

Thirty years ago, St. Clair founded her company in Florence, Italy. She then casually partnered with the world's finest goldsmiths, the Florentine jewelers' guild. Barneys New York used her collection to inaugurate their fine jewelry department in 1986. In 2016, St. Clair received the GEM Award for Jewelry Design, the jewelry industry's most prestigious honor.

St. Clair's collection is comprised of rare colored gems accented by distinctive gold work — she's acquired some of the rarest stones in the world. Some spectacular gems include Ligthening Ridge Australian Black Opal, Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline, Classic Colombian Emerald, African Tsavorite and Mandarin Garnet, and Royal Blue Moonstone.

St. Clair's nine-piece collection, Mythical Creatures, debuted at the Louvre in 2015, and in June 2017, her 18K eight ring Tolemeo pendant was adopted into the permanent collection of Les Arts Decoratifs at the Louvre.

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Thurs. Oct. 5, St. Clair will stop by the Library Society to discuss her collection, her journey, and her book The Golden Menagerie. No, we don't think she'll be offering discounts on any of her jewels (most items are in the $1,000-$20,000 range, although we spotted this bad boy for a cool $800), but it's totally free to come and gawk.

To RSVP, call (843) 723-9912 or email

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