Text: Diane Stehle
Founded in 2003, Maison Édéenne creates one-of-a-kind fine jewellery pieces with an exceptional approach that differs from any other industry process. Its jewellery sculptures combine clients’ personal stories with the values of the renowned brands it collaborates with. Édéenne, founder of the business, comes from Montreal and is the only Canadian in the world to create fine jewellery. She is paying Quebec a visit to present her very first exhibition in her native country, which will take place at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.
The former Jewellery Director at Christie’s in Geneva has described her as one of the four women who has marked the history of high-end jewellery since 1900 in an industry essentially led by men. She has also been named the ?Nouvelle Légende?of Place Vendôme, a landmark of Parisian refinement and exclusivity, and with good reason; Édéenne creates much more than just jewellery. Through her pieces, she tells the story of those who wear them. ?When I meet the individual who wants a piece, I ask many personal questions. I then try to render what I was told in the form of portrait-pieces. Through this process, I wish to show how unique each individual is,? she explains.
Whether through the use of sophisticated mechanisms that animate her jewellery pieces, unbelievable material combinations or a host of carefully intertwined mobile elements, she always creates one-of-a-kind pieces that combine beauty and technical innovation to give rise to fascination.
Back in Montreal
Édéenne has lived in Paris for a number of years and has earned a worldwide reputation. She has exposed her pieces at the Musée de la Légion d’honneurand Palais de Tokyo in Paris, at Wako in Tokyo and at the TEFAF in Maastricht. In 2013, she was appointed the task of creating a collection to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Mellerio dits Meller, the oldest fine jewellery house in Place Vendôme and in 2014, she created a collection for Lane Crawford, the prestigious luxury store in Hong Kong.
Nevertheless, for a long time now, Édéenne has wanted to organize an exhibition in her native country, to which she still feels very close. That’s why she is here today to present her first exhibition. She is showcasing 160 pieces, of which more than half are on loan for the occasion by clients from around the world. Carrying a flashlight and accompanied by a storyteller in a pitch-black room, visitors will discover the story behind each piece and will partake in an experience far beyond the presentation of the object itself. ?The exhibition will be held in a vault in order to translate my jewellery’s most precious gem: emotion.? In fact, it is the first exhibition hosted by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal at their new location.
Free exhibition from November 2to16 in Les Grands Ballets Canadiens’ Wilder building.
Révélation necklace in tribute to the Mulan film on Coco Two tourmalines (one mauve and one pink) on yellow gold. Sculpted wind motion in mother-of-pearl with pave-set diamonds and removable pom-pom made of 43 rows of oriental pears
Carpe Koïring in tribute to Japan Coral fish under crystal rock with pave-set diamonds on white gol
Peau d’Âne articulated Ring in tribute to Jacques Demy’s movie with Catherine Deneuve 17.66-carat citrine in pave-set diamonds, ruby and emerald crown on white gold
Jungle cuff on Coco, completely covered in pave-set diamonds on white gold
L’Élue pendant in tribute to Excalibur and King Arthur White gold diamond-studded sword with 125-carat citrine and emerald
4 saisons — L’Été adaptable necklace in tribute to our country Ebony and black gold with Mohave turquoise leaves and pave-set tsavorites
Éden ring with flowers, butterfly and foliage Completely covered in pave-set diamonds on white gold
Pictures: Pierre Choinière