Having started as an apprentice, at the young age of 25 René Lalique was already recognized as an independent designer for the renowned houses of Jacta, Cartier, and Boucheron. His revolutionary jewelry surprised and even shocked his contemporaries: René started combining gold and precious stones with semi-precious ones, mother-of-pearl, ivory and horn, enamel and, of course, glass. The French actress Sarah Bernard became his devoted fan and a muse. With her support, Lalique had gained clout not only as a glassblower artisan but as an artist. Lalique jewelry has been a collector's item for 130 years, pursued by museums and private collectors; crystal bottles created for the perfumer François Coty are passed down as family heirlooms alongside high-value interior pieces. The design of the crystal Cabochon ring, envisioned by René Lalique, has not changed since 1931despite the changing ownership of the House. The recipe for the famous Lalique opalescent glass to this day remains the company secret.