Evelyn Clothier’s exquisite jewellery is inspired by the organic lines of art nouveau and the natural world
“I am inspired by art, but for me the most beautiful art is nature,” says jeweller Evelyn Clothier. Her exquisite butterfly and dragonfly brooches, whose wings shimmer with precious gems and delicate plique-à-jour, are the signature pieces in a collection of bespoke jewellery made with craftsmanship of the highest quality – pieces that have won multiple prizes at the AGTA Spectrum Awards.
As well as designing jewellery for private clients and select jewellers, Evelyn is the Executive Director of the American Medical Foundation for Peer Review and Education, improving quality for hospitals. Her fine jewellery collection isan expression of a life-long love of art nouveau and Japanese cloisonné. Evelyn’s first design was an inspired ring for herself. “A piece should be a beautiful thing,” she says, “that makes you happy when viewed and shown with pride.”
Taking nature as her theme, Evelyn began to design brooches, earrings and necklaces using the plique-à-jour technique, which is synonymous with much art nouveau jewellery as it allows for subtle, naturalistic colours that glow as the light shines through them. Her collection, Treasures From The Garden, was an instant success and was, for many years, displayed and sold exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman in New York.
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) has honoured Evelyn Clothier with nine awards over the years for pieces that span bridal jewellery, such as a pair of white agate briolette drop earrings with pink diamonds and 18-carat rose gold, day wear and evening wear. In the latter category, she received Platinum Honours for her butterfly brooch with wings fashioned from slices of brown diamonds edged with brown diamonds and colourless diamonds.
Today, Evelyn sells through her own website and through word-of-mouth to discerning clients. “That is the way I enjoy working most, making individual pieces to order, talking to people about the stones and colours they like – light sapphires, dark sapphires – how they envision the piece and when they’ll wear it. Like nature, beautiful jewellery should be something that gives you joy, both to wear it and just to look at it. Unlike paintings, there is always space for one more piece of jewellery.”