The Cocaine Ring by Lydia Courteille: The Closest Thing to Wearing Real Crack
I was recently rummaging through dozens of French design websites when I found this ring. I wish I spoke French because France has so many wonderful designers, but consistently French websites never translate any of their pages for an English audience. It’s fine if they don’t, I just wish I could read the French. Because if I could read French, then I would tell you all about Lydia Courteille and her amazing Paris Jewelry design house. Instead, all I can say about this ring is that it is one design in a series called: “Collection Translucent” which in English I think means “The Translucent Collection”. The collection includes many of Frances most talented jewelry designers creating works from semi-precious translucent stones. I was drawn to this one simply because of its name: Cocaine. It’s a ring made of a large, dreamy quartz stone encased in dozens of diamond stars that appear to look like ice crystals. The quartz, as you’ve guessed, looks like a powdery white bag of cocaine or maybe a highly refined crack rock. Whatever the metaphor was meant to be, the ring is addictively beautiful, and I hope to snort one in the future.