Philippe TOURNAIRE: artist, creator, jeweler, builder

Philippe Tournaire is a passionate creator, jeweler and a builder. He connects the world of stones and precious metals while combining the world of art and science history.

A HISTORY... Baffie, Montbrison, Paris

Artisan of dream for more than 40 years, Philippe Tournaire establishes its rules of harmony. He is one of those whose job it is not to tirelessly apply the thing learned, but to create, invent new jewelry by adapting to the various different techniques.

Childhood of a Creator

Small he understood during the awakenings; the clocks, to understand the reason for this tic-tac magic and to have the pleasure of going back up. His great-grandmother, Marthe, who loved this little bit of genius, always had a kindly look on him. When she saw him tinkering with the revivals, she liked to say, "Who is this one here? a future jeweler?"

Philippe Tournaire learned the discipline at the boarding school during his college years, there were many rules to respect: "We could not have the hair that touched the ears when we wanted to go out" (...) "if we wanted to go out, we had to be supportive and we all go back together at the same time ". Explains the creator.

He was passionate about science, his father had contributed a lot. At 16, this artist at heart left high school and began an apprenticeship alongside his father. He has prepared a radio CAP "Over the weeks and months shared with him, I can say today that I met my father for the second time." His fascination led him to understand how early men were able to shape objects according to primitive methods and transform them into adornments and other ornaments. She nourished his imagination and the jewelry creation.

When Philippe Tournaire began his apprenticeship he was already creating jewelry. "My parents were rather modest, had told me that when you wanted something, you had to get by to do it." In the radio profession, you have to be versatile "what led me to work copper".

A jeweler in the making

"I did not think jewelry could become a craft ... I started as a sculptor on precious metals." After several months of waiting, Philippe Tournaire obtains his "first punch of Master and responsibility".

"Self-taught, I have groped at length from the knowledge learned in family or during trips." (...). Philippe Tournaire did not know the world of jewelry and fine stones at all. He was lucky enough to be helped by people familiar with this milieu such as Jacques Secretan and Jean Grosfilley. "These men were very important people in my apprenticeship in jewelry because they allowed me to understand gemology and Forge my own vision on the stones."

All the people Philippe Tournaire met, obstinacy and hours spent at the workbench taught him to work. This gave him the opportunity to build an identity, a style that is reflected in his jewelry creations.

Since 1973, Philippe Tournaire has devoted himself entirely to jewelry. He built his own workshop in a cellar in Baffie next to Saint-Germain-Laval. "I have very good memories in my cellar, I learned a lot of things and not just about my job." Moreover, being in the country, Philippe Tournaire had no problem of profitability, this young creator was able to express himself as he felt things, with a great freedom.

A jewelry artist

"At the age of 15-16 years, I did not work the precious stones, indeed my first creations were in pebbles. Then an oil company had an original idea. Every gasoline was filled with a fine stone. It was from that moment that I began to use gemstones in my creations. These stones, I used them in my first jewelry, imagined for friends. Finally, word of mouth began. The friends of my friends asked me to make alliances, medals, engagement rings... The orders came regularly and began to exceed my production capacity. I logically wanted to expose my jewelery, to have a real showcase so that more people have access to my creations."

In 1984, this young jeweler opens his first shop in Montbrsion. In 1999, "we opened a second store" in Lyon, rue Edouard Herriot, a stone's throw from Place Bellecourt. "It was necessary to have confidence in his work to invest another city" (...) "What contributed to this insurance and which also taught me a lot is the salons". For Philippe Tournaire the shows were a real challenge, there is a deadline to respect, one must be ready on D-Day and be proud of what one presents. "The salons were the occasion to point out among the other Jewelry Houses, but that thanks to the jewelry that we present. Philippe Tournaire likes to create unique pieces, he is an artist at heart. "There was in the shop of Rue Tupinerie in Montbrsion, a real half-Jaguar cut in the length that I had arranged in showcase".

An international success

A third store opened in Paris in 2004, Place Vendôme. The Place Vendôme for Philippe Tournaire is the place to be if you want to exhibit. This store "has brought us an international clientele", a demanding clientele, always looking for novelty, rarity and perfection.

Philippe Tournaire has made several exceptional partnerships, particularly with S.T Dupont, Focal, Obut, Les skis Lacroix...

In 2006, Philippe Tournaire confronted for the first time his artistic qualities to international competition by exhibiting at the Basel Exhibition in Switzerland, the biggest meeting of the jewelry world. Poetry also exists in jewelry. Philippe Tournaire, a creative jeweler, is the best proof of this.

"I thank all my clients, friends, from the most modest to the most affluent, who have given me their confidence ... and made this story possible." Philippe Tournaire


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