If you were going to whip up a jewelry designer from scratch (bear with us), may we suggest using Aurélie Bidermann‘s resume as a recipe?
1. Start with a Parisian upbringing surrounded by artists.
2. Add a master’s in art history.
2. Stir in a second degree in gemology.
3. Sprinkle in a stint at Sotheby’s.
4. Top with a well-used passport sporting stamps from Brazil, Japan, India and beyond.
Voilá: A designer whose work is favored by Sofia Coppola, Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyoncé—and who just created an exclusive new collection for Barneys New York (which has already caught the attention of Vogue, WWD, Fashionista and Harper’s Bazaar).
One of our jewelry buyers put it best: “The Bidermann capsule collection is made up of sculptural pieces of art for the chic American girl with a Parisian finesse,” says Naomi Bartee. “Her statement pieces can make even jeans and a t-shirt look polished.”
Get up close and personal with our design crush below—and prepare to be charmed…
Tell us about your technique.
The sculptor technique has always interested me a lot, and I tried to reproduce this effect in my work. I like when you can feel and see that the pieces are handmade (all of my jewelry is handmade in Paris). I’m using different techniques, but for the Bidermann line, I used cire perdu for certain parts of the jewelry pieces, because it looks fantastic with bronze. It gives you a feeling of 3-dimensionality and the sense that it’s a very unique and special piece.
Do you have a favorite piece from the collection you created for Barneys?
I love all of them so much!
Are there any rules when it comes to wearing jewelry?
There are no rules! I personally love jewelry accumulation with a very simple outfit. For example, wearing a pair of cuffs or loads of bracelets on both arms with a large statement necklace or oversize earrings.
Who are your style icons?
All of the beautiful women in my family.
Where is the best meal in Paris?
Marius and Janette—it’s a seafood restaurant, very traditional French and soooooo divine!!!
What was something that inspired you in the last week?
The Helmut Newton exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris.
What is the best adventure you’ve ever been on?
Designing jewelry and being an entrepreneur—I learn something new and incredible each day. Also, my trip in the Amazon forest with my family—so inspiring and beautiful!
Who is your favorite artist?
It’s hard to choose one! I love everything from a pastel Bonnard to a pale pink Fontana painting!
1. Brass & thin gold threaded cuff; 2. Brass neck cuff; 3. Brass pansy bracelet; 4. Brass & silver threaded cuff; 5. Brass clover drop earrings; 6. Brass two-sided minimalistic cuff; 7. Brass minimalistic hoop earrings
Image courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency.