From the vault

Pierre Touraine Jewellery

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Photo: Robert Weldon, Gift of Touraine Family Trust

GIA Collection 23204

This unique collection features Southwest inspired jewellery designed by Pierre Touraine.  During the 1930s, Pierre Touraine achieved fame by creating unique, award-winning pieces for European nobility and celebrities. After moving to the United States in 1938, he worked for Harry Winston in New York before starting his own business in Los Angeles. In later years, he taught European jewellery manufacturing techniques to Native American craftsmen. His love of the landscape and culture of the American Southwest became the inspiration for the design and materials of his most remarkable pieces, like the pieces featured in this exhibition.