Raymond Templier was seduced by the geometric outlines and smooth surfaces of machine parts – the precision of the engineer, in what was to become known as “The Machine Age” He said “When I walk through the streets I see ideas everywhere for jewellery, wheels, cars, the machines of today and I am ready to respond to all of them”.
Unlike his contemporary Despres who worked mainly in silver, Templier did not hesitate to use precious gems and metals in his creations. One innovation was to create concave surfaces to enhance the effect of reflected light. To him, light and shade were crucial.
Templier was a great artist. A third generation jeweller with a considerable workforce of talented artisans, and the firm survived the crash of 1929 and wartime occupation. His best work was undoubtedly that produced during the 1920’s – 1930’s.