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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1934 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Templier, Raymond, born 1891 - died 1968 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    White gold, with lapis lazuli and blue glass

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 55, shelf C, box 4

Much of the jewellery made in the 1920s and 1930s has abstract geometric forms. These shapes complemented the simple lines featured by dress designers. This brooch is set with lapis lazuli. The vivid blue colour is caused by the sulphur that forms an essential part of its chemistry.
Raymond Templier, who made this brooch, was one of the founding members of the Union des artistes modernes (union of modern artists). He was deeply involved in the important international design exhibitions in Paris in 1925 and 1937. He was celebrated as the ‘architect of the jewel’. His jewellery is characterised by abstract geometric volumes inspired by contemporary life. Bold colours and surface effects enhance the modernity and appeal of his creations.

Physical description

White gold set with cabochon lapis lazuli and a horse-shoe shaped crest of blue glass. The setting of the cabochon and blue glass crest is extremely simple, consisting of bevelled slips. The back of the lapis lazuli is open, that of the crest is closed.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1934 (made)


Templier, Raymond, born 1891 - died 1968 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

White gold, with lapis lazuli and blue glass

Marks and inscriptions

1) Makers's mark 2) Signature

16290 (pattern number)


Height: 4.3 cm, Width: 4.2 cm

Descriptive line

White gold set with lapis lazuli and blue glass. Designed by Raymond Templier, France, 1934.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

'Jewels and Jewellery' Clare Phillips, V&A Publications, 2000


White gold; Lapis lazuli; Glass


Images Online; Jewellery


Metalwork Collection

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