Philippe Tournaire called this collection Astrée in reference to the works of Honoré d'Urfé, because they are not jewels that have an obvious meaning. It is a game between the frame and the stone.
When I developed the Bas relief technique, I used a lot the reason for the vine trellis. From this one, I built a frame that I then put in pendant with a stone that I placed just behind to create a game of hide-and-seek: sometimes we saw the stone, sometimes we do not Did not see her.
Then the Astrée collection was born. I kept the frame, without the patterns but just playing on the contrast of the polished-frosted aspect. Behind him, I placed a diamond in a pendant that walked and could reveal itself or not. It is a jewel that is not in the idea where the size of the stone determines the value, it is the game of hide-and-seek that gives interest to the object. I also made jewels from the Astrée collection by crimping stones on the polished-frosted frame.
I called this collection Astrée in reference to the works of Honoré d'Urfé, for they are not jewels that have an obvious meaning. We need to understand the system they are putting in place. It is a game between the frame and the stone, it is the complexity of these jewels that reminded me of the novel Astrée. There is also a regional wink, the Bastide d'Urfé being only about fifteen kilometers from our workshops.