A Journey of Creativity
I wanted to share for Women’s History Month, Suzanne Belperron, one of the most influential jewelry designers of the 20th century. She was the only female designer among the 20th century master jewelers, and she is famous for claiming that she did not need to sign her pieces as her “style was her signature.”
Suzanne Belperron was born in France in 1900, went to the Bescancon École des Beaux Arts, and at 19 years old moved to Paris to design for House of Boivin. In 1932, Bernard Herz, one of Paris' premier stone and natural pearl dealers, invited her to come design for his company.
She created bold, avant garde jewelry, using colorful stones in unique combinations with classic settings. Belperron pioneered a new aesthetic in jewelry that was sensual, tactical, and very modern. Many came to Paris to purchase her designs, such as Elsa Schiaparelli, the Duchess of Windsor and Diana Vreeland.
During WW11, she kept the Herz shop open by changing it to her name. Herz did not survive the war, but his son came back and in 1945 he made her a partner and they renamed the shop Herz-Belperron. They had a very successful 44 years in business together, and in 1974 they both decided to retire and close the shop.
IN 2015, 41 years after Suzanne Belperron's retirement, LLC Belperron reopens Maison Belperron on Fifth Avenue in New York. A must visit on your next trip to New York!