It was in 1971 that Raymonde suggested to my brother and me an apprenticeship in France. My brother would apprentice in watch-making in Besançon, whereas I would apprentice in precious metal jewelry and in precious stone jewelry in Paris.
At 18 years old, the very idea of learning the craft of jewelry making, of living in Paris, the city of light, was most seductive. While my parents gave me the sense of work well done and honor for the given word, it is in Paris that I would cultivate my mind and my tastes.
For the next 7 years, from 1971 to 1978, I visited museums both of greater and lesser importance, exhibitions, churches, cathedrals, libraries, antique dealers, auctioneers, public sites and monuments.
In Paris, I would understand that in all trades, thought and imagination and the design itself must precede the work per se. It also became obvious to me that by separating the terms arts, trades and crafts into distinct linguistic appellations, a pleonasm of sorts had been created.