Bernard Delettrez

... a true bedouin artist that uses his past and new experiences to shape his work.

Bernard Delettrez is something of an enigma. A quiet, well travelled man who prefers to let his jewellery speak for itself. After 30 years of designing, his unique pieces do just that! Always willing to go the extra mile, Bernard prefers to mix a prize gem with materials that are both complex and surprising to continue a lifelong fascination. Born in Casablanca but raised in Paris, this world citizen’s fascination for all things precious led him to California where he studied at the Gemological Institute of America. Impulse led him to Brazil to manage a friend’s emerald mine in the late 70s and just two years later Bernard owned his own mine and was designing for prestigious houses like H. Stern. The nineties brought change again, and after building a successful empire he sold it all to sail around the world, a trip that lasted almost 10 years. Now settled in Rome, Bernard focuses on designing his own jewellery for his eclectic, free-spirited and devoted clients. His ever-expanding avant-garde taste is a continuous life pursuit that takes him from his palazzo in Rome, to his house in Kenya and everywhere in-between on a constant search’s for the rare and the beautiful.

Nothing inspires me like…
a sunny morning in Rome, women’s dresses in Africa, an old cemetery in Paris, a winters night in Prague, and walking alone in the Kenyan desert.

I hope…
my life will continue to surprise me in countless new ways.

Cultural influences…
a mixture of North African nomadism and a certain French ‘je-ne-sais-quoi’, add fifteen years of living in South America, a yearly retreat in Kenya and three voyages around the world sailing on my boat.

I got where I am...
because I am a perfectionist, because I love what I do, and because I’m not afraid of taking risks and always following my instinct.

Fashion can sometimes...
liberate or ensnare you. Either way, I always prefer to explore the uncharted territories, more so if it mean going in the exact opposite directions dictated by so called trends.

Faith in...
myself.

Creativity comes from...
an open mind and the ability to experience everything like a child.

If I could...
I would do it all over again

My dreams are...
to continue to evolve creatively, to learn from great thinkers, to visit and be inspired by places I have not yet been.

My future is...
now!

My vice is...
there are many!

I’m a perfectionist...
because I am never truly satisfied. I crave new challenges and believe there is always room for improvement.

My goal...
is to enjoy the ride to the fullest.

I like making...
something that has never been done before. Like creating an object or a piece of jewellery with my bare hands.

I love getting older...
because when you are twenty years old, you long to get older. When you are three times that, age simply becomes overrated, but only if you’ve managed to keep a youthful heart and core spirit intact.