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In an interview with Sotheby'sHigh Jewelry Designer Édéenne discussed her start in the industry as well as those who influenced her work and more.

When Édéenne was asked when she first knew a career in jewelry design was for her, she said, "After having lived many lives (coming from Montreal to study at Sorbonne University, working in Paris as a festival organizer at Pompidou Center, a movie producer, a CEO’s coach…) my life changed suddenly one day in September, 15 years ago, during my first scuba diving at the Lake Maggiore in the North of Italy. Actually, I had an accident. I went too fast to the surface of the water, after being squeezed into a whirlpool of dust, and my instructor told me that I was obliged to dive again to recover. Against my fear, I went down again. I was so surprised I felt better that I turned around and at this precise moment, the sun created a refraction phenomenon around me. I was surrounded by a rainbow which turned all the rocks underneath into sapphires, rubies, emeralds...it was a sign. I will be a jeweler, even if I knew nothing about this universe before. I took the most golden-looking stone as a memento. Two weeks later I was at the gemology school and I made the 4 year study into 5 months, I was in a rush, I was already 45 at that time. I founded my House of High Jewelery under my name, Édéenne, on 23 December 2003."

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"I cannot say that I had a mentor in the industry, my vision was from the beginning too far away," said the designer when asked about her biggest mentors in the industry. "After two years, I went to jewelry school, on rue du Louvre in Paris, and at the first lesson, working with the wax and a file, I discovered that, one, I was there to see how limitless is this world; two, that we can make pieces of art with gold and precious stones and three, that I was a sculptor. From then, I decided instead of looking for 'the' piece that everyone would love around the world, I would spend my time showing what was incredible in each person who would come to see me. Since then, I meet people, asking them many very private questions and, about two or three hours later, I stop him or her, and say that I see. To make it short, I design a piece of High Jewelry that moves me from their life. Like a painter would do a 'portrait', I do it with precious materials. All my work is based on the notion of 'resonance'. I had no mentor in the industry but so many people helped me since fifteen years to believe in my work, in my vision and to keep my faith. I could write a book about that. Well… maybe one day!"

Information originally sourced from Sotheby's.