(June 24, 1907 – August 29, 1987) was a French jewelry designer
especially well-known for his work at Tiffany & Co.
Schlumberger was born in Mulhouse
to a well-to-do family involved in textile manufacturing. He sketched constantly during his youth, but his parents tried to discourage his artistic interest by refusing to allow him to undertake formal training.Schlumberger began his career creating buttons for Elsa Schiaparelli
in the 1930s. Schiaparelli later commissioned him to design costume jewelry for her firm.
During World War II
, Schlumberger was in the French Army
and survived Dunkirk
. He also served under General Charles de Gaulle
in England and the Middle East with the Free French Forces
After the war, Schlumberger came to New York and began to design clothing for Chez Ninon. In 1946, he opened a jewelry salon with partner Nicolas Bongard (1908-2000).
Career at Tiffany & Co.
In 1956, the president of Tiffany & Co., Walter Hoving
, asked Schlumberger to begin designing for the firm. He had his own workshop at the company until his retirement in the late 1970s and was eventually made a Vice-President.
Schlumberger's designs at Tiffany & Co. were remarkable for their whimsical interpretations of natural forms. He was especially inspired by sea creatures and other animals. Diana Vreeland
wrote that Schlumberger "appreciates the miracle of jewels. For him, they are the ways and means to... Read More