Regis de Saintdo jewelry in T/The New York Times - Rima Suqi
Regis de Saintdo, Bonetti and Garouste, French jewelry, bone jewelry
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Regis de Saintdo earrings, pendant necklace, NYT Rima Suqi

12 Mar Regis de Saintdo jewelry in T/The New York Times

Many jewelers find beauty in ordinary objects — smooth pebbles, delicate shells — but Régis de Saintdo perhaps more so than most. Years ago, the Parisian maker, who spent over two decades working for the designers Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti before going out on his own, started saving veal and beef bones he’d procured from his local butcher, simply because he liked their shape. He then bleached, sanded and carved one of them, with the intention of turning it into a gift for his wife. The resulting geometric pendant, which he accented with red coral, attracted a slew of admirers who wanted one of their own. In the four years since, de Saintdo, who also designs home accessories, has expanded his repertoire to include pieces made from palm nuts (also known as vegetable ivory) and cherry wood (from an old tree at his family’s home in Burgundy), which he garnishes with pearls, coral, amber, amethyst and howlite that’s dyed to look like turquoise. De Saintdo delights in the challenges his chosen materials present: “Bone is quite thin and curvaceous, and there might be cracks or holes inside the wood,” he explains. “You can’t just do anything you want.” The resulting one-of-a-kind rings, earrings and pendants are fairly minimalist, brought to life by the color and texture of the gems that adorn them. From $100,