The new extraordinary collection of Lydia Courteille, Nuevo Mundo, takes you to Guatemala, from the Maya ♦ ︎
If Lydia Courteille did not exist, it would be necessary to invent her. Because the Parisian designer is one of the few creators who, together with the jewels, tells a story. In short, his work is not exclusively dedicated to the search for a personal, pleasant, interesting aesthetic. It’s not just this. It is also a tour of the world narrated through always surprising collections. Et voila. This time Lydia Courteille takes everyone flying over Guatemala. After the sands of the Sahara, the glitter of the Topkapi or the mystery of Beijing, here is the charm of the ancient pre-Columbian civilizations.
In fact, it is the ancient Maya people who inspired the Nuevo Mundo collection.
And most of the temples of the Maya are found, in fact, in Guatemala. Around these millenary ruins and folk art, Lydia Courteille has created an exuberant collection full of color, fantasy and folk references.
As in the pendant depicting San Simon, a mix between the spiritual pantheon of God, Santo and Maya.
He is a character who drinks, smokes and occasionally dances in popular fantasy. The statue that represents him is dressed as a cowboy and sits on a throne. The masks of St. Simon carved in wood become an integral part of the body that forms the head. People turn to the saint to ask him for love and money, prosperity and health. But some come to ask him curses, like a pagan god.
A double ring instead has the shape of a doll.
According to the Mayan tradition, when children are frightened or have nightmares, they give them dolls to put under the pillow before going to sleep. According to popular legend, the doll worries about the problem and frees the children from night anguish.
A large ring celebrates the traditional Huipil dress.
La Huipil is a embroidered blouse worn by indigenous women in Guatemala. The clothes are hand-woven, using timeless techniques handed down from generation to generation: a single garment can take from one to six months to complete and also indicates the personality and the village of origin of the wearer.
In short, the Nuevo Mundo collection contains pieces of high jewelery like these, or like the parrot ring or the ring with the hummingbird that sucks nectar from a flower. Big work. Giulia Netrese