Pierre Sterle learned the craft from his uncle, who became his guardian after his father’s death during the First World War. In 1934, Sterle founded his own company. From 1934 to 1939 he designed decorations for such famous houses as Boucheron and Chaumet.
Sterle jewelry is known for its innovative craftsmanship and creative use of gemstones. Flora and fauna were his main source of inspiration. One of their most famous designs is the bird motif. In the closed and elitist world of Place Vendôme, he was considered something of a revolutionary: atypical, courageous and talented. For three years in a row, he has received the prestigious De Beers International Diamond Award.
The bird was a popular and recurring motif in jewelry in the 1950s and 60s, and Pierre Sterle developed his own very personal interpretation. His stylized birds, engraved with golden plumage, are often decorated with flexible feather-like chains that “flutter” when worn. Fringes woven from gold wire “fil d’ange” or “angel wire” invented in 1957.
Between the 1950s and 1970s, Sterle was considered one of the finest jewelry designers in France, using gemstones such as turquoise or amethyst along with diamonds. Sterle preferred to be called a “jewellery couturier” rather than a jeweler. His notable accomplishments include the creation of the crown of Queen Narriman, the wife of the Egyptian King Farouk, as well as jewelery for the Begum Aga Khan and the Maharani of Baroda. The Pierre Sterlé firm operated until 1976, when Chaumet bought its shares and hired Pierre Sterlé as artistic advisor.