Born and raised in Paris, one of Rémy Rotenier's grandfathers designed lingerie and his father and uncle owned their own firm designing and manufacturing custom leather and fur outerwear in Paris. Rémy received his bachelor's degree in jewelry design from the French jeweler's union BJOP Formation at the Écoles de la Rue du Louvre, and received a graduate degree in gemology from the National Institute of Gemology in Paris. In New York he received a certificate in diamond grading from the Gemological Institute of America.
As an intern at Cristofol Freres in Paris in 1984, Rotenier learned classic jewelry rendering and design of jeweled objects d'art including clocks and desk accessories. He was also employed in Paris by Alexandre Reza and Serge Bouder before Tiffany & Company brought him to New York as a staff designer in 1990. Rémy moved to New Mexico in 1994 as Design Director for Kabana, Inc. He founded Rémy Design in 2006.
With Rémy Design, Rotenier has developed his own collections including Silver Heels, and Rémy Rotenier for Bella Luce and Lutece by Rémy for Jewelry Television. He also creates custom jewelry designs for private clients, and regularly teaches jewelry design and rendering privately in New Mexico as well as classes at jewelry schools in Tennessee and Texas.
Based on years of teaching experience, Rémy Design released two new instructional videos featuring Rémy’s brilliant techniques for jewelry sketching and rendering. The first video course, Counter Sketching Jewelry with Rémy Rotenier is an instructional breakthrough on how to draw and design jewelry. The second course, Color Rendering of Jewelry with Rémy Rotenier illuminates hand painting techniques for dynamic designs.