Jewelry is a very personal form of self-expression. A piece of jewelry may celebrate a milestone, remind you of a loved one or represent something else special in your life. Jewelry can be a reflection of our values, beliefs, culture or accomplishments. It is a way we tell the world a little about who we are.
That personal relationship with jewelry is something that designer Temple St. Clair understands intimately. It’s the reason why her iconic amulet has become her signature piece, both in her everyday life and in her jewelry collections.
“My amulets embody and represent the history of our human relationship to jewelry,” St. Clair says. “The transparent yet luminous quality of the rock crystal is chameleon-like, becoming essentially an extension of its owner.”
The Origins of the Temple St. Clair Amulet
The essential Temple St. Clair jewel, the rock crystal amulet, is one of the first pieces the designer ever created and remains her most iconic. Originally inspired by an exhibit of charms and amulets from the personal collection of Lorenzo de’Medici, St. Clair was fascinated by the mysteries and meanings contained in these pocket-sized wearable treasures. It was these exotic jewels that led her to design and create her first amulet out of gold and rock crystal.
Since then, her collection has grown to include 18 iterations of the original — all beautiful, all fashioned from 18-karat gold, but now with the addition of precious gems and stones. There is the vine amulet created for the Diana, goddess of the hunt; there are crystal amulets embraced by royal blue moonstone starfish fit for mermaids; amulets alight with bees, flowers and dragonflies; and cosmic amulets that track the phases of the moon.
“I am endlessly fascinated to see how others choose, wear, and make these amulets their very own,” St. Clair says.
To see our entire collection of Temple St. Clair jewelry, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.