Daughter and granddaughter of lapidaries, Isabelle Langlois has been fascinated since childhood by the beauty of nature. She has chosen to sublimate it throughout her career by giving birth to jewels of character that are an ode to life. As a jewelry designer, she offers us her artistic vision and looks at the universe of her House (founded in 1992) as well as her instinctive attachment to color, an essential element of jewelry and the emotion it brings us.
What does jewelry mean to you?
First of all, it is the link with my grandfather and the strong family culture in which I grew up. Secondly, it is a wonderful world of expression and a subject to share. Jewelry is the support of emotion, aesthetics and preciousness. It takes on a positive aspect when it has been worn by someone and especially when it is received from its mother, grandmother or history. As far as I’m concerned, jewelry is above all affective at all levels.
How do you choose your combinations of colors and materials to create emotions?
Can any mixture be a carrier of sensations when the right harmony is found ?
Anything is possible when it comes to harmony. The colors have to sing together and I know which ones sing harmoniously. However, some compositions can always surprise us. A brown and a duck blue can be a little hard but well composed they give a very beautiful mixture. It is necessary to have a balance between the power of the color and the surface attributed to it, especially when several colors are mixed together. For example, ruby is the most difficult stone to marry and if it is very large it becomes very delicate to match with other colors. Purple is the hue that best matches this red. But on the other hand, taking you an extreme example, ruby with London Blue topaz is a real challenge… which of course I take up! But for the moment, I haven’t yet found the perfect solution.
What would be the differences in your approach to jewelry, color, stones or creation between when you started and now ?
What I am going to answer will surprise you: I manage to concretize today what I wanted to realize 20 years ago. I have the happiness to see in the shop window jewels that I imagined years before and that I could not manage to obtain.
Featured photo : Isabelle Langlois
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