Suzanne Belperron

French, 1900 - 1983
Suzanne Belperron was a French jewelry designer who worked for the Maison René Boivin from 1921 to 1931 and again from 1937 to 1970. Belperron is considered one of the most important female jewelry designers of the 20th century, known for her innovative designs and unique use of materials.
Belperron's designs were characterized by their bold use of color, unusual materials, and innovative techniques. She was known for her use of carved stones, such as rock crystal, agate, and chalcedony, and for her signature "fingerprints" technique, in which she left the surface of the stones she used in their natural, unpolished state.
Belperron's designs were favored by many prominent figures of her time, including the Duchess of Windsor, who commissioned many pieces of jewelry from her. Belperron was also known for her collaborations with other designers, including Jean Cocteau and Salvador Dali.
Despite her success, Belperron's contributions to the world of jewelry design were often overlooked during her lifetime, as the Maison René Boivin did not credit individual designers for their work. It was only after her death in 1983 that Belperron's work began to receive the recognition it deserved. Today, her designs remain highly sought after by collectors and connoisseurs of fine jewelry, and her legacy as one of the most innovative and influential jewelry designers of the 20th century continues to endure.
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