That’s how down-to-earth this world-renowned jewelry designer really is. Born in the French speaking city of Montreal on June 29, 1958 Claude learned the jewelry business at a very young age by frequenting the Thibaudeau family Jewelry shop. The shop was established by his Great Grandfather Ulric Thibaudeau in 1872 who emigrated from France, and mainly consisted of refined custom handmade jewelry, and repair. Claude watched, studied and practiced every aspect of manufacturing, design and repair, and at the age of 16 he was already an experienced gem setter. Claude had already an innovative vision of design that set him apart from the rest.
At the age of 24, he began creating his first distinctive collections in the basement of his home. He travelled throughout Canada promoting and selling his designs to retail jewelers. Keeping to his well-grounded family traditions, Claude’s wife Monique joined the business as the company’s administrator, while his 21-year-old brother Marc joined the team as sales manager.
Claude made his first foray into the United States at the Premier of JCK Las Vegas Jewelry Trade Show in 1992. In 1995, after he won the prestigious “La Griffe D’or award” for best new jewelry designer, the company expanded rapidly into the U.S. and Caribbean markets. More new doors opened in 2002, when the company was invited to exhibit at the Basel World jewelry Show in Switzerland. Of the 2,200 manufacturers represented, Claude Thibaudeau Designs was the only Canadian designer. The collections are now available at many of the finest jewelry boutiques in the United States, Canada and Europe.
Over the years, Claude has created thousands of exquisite pieces and marketed many well-known exclusive collections, such as ; Pure Perfection Collection, La Cathédrale, La Royale, and his famous patented concept, “The Inseparables” which are two-piece intertwined bands for men & women also Claude created the Black Hevea Band Collection. Claude is truly dedicated to creating the finest quality of Platinum and 18Karat jewelry, or as he says, “la crème de la crème”. His desire to create the best that can be seen with his newest collection “The Hand Crafted European Micro-Pavé Collection.” These unique pieces are recognized all over the world for their unsurpassed quality and incredible attention to detail and workmanship. His efforts have been rewarded by the countless letters and e-mails he receives weekly from consumers and retail jewelers thanking him for making such beautiful designs and creating everlasting heirloom pieces.
Claude’s enthusiasm and love of jewelry design can be directly attributed to his positive attitude and his unique philosophy of “every day surpassing what has been achieved yesterday”. Claude’s is also inspired by his two most precious creations… Hann and Francis Thibaudeau.