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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Les Parfums Sterlé

Les Parfums Sterlé, was established by Pierre Sterlé in Paris; a jewellery company, launched a range of fragrances in 1950’s.

It was in 1955 that Sterlé began to have his first financial difficulties. The launch of his two perfumes, Huit-Huit and  Diam, were a financial disaster. He had refused, as usual, to take into account the cost of manufacture, and as a result was forced to sell the product for below the cost price.

The perfumes of Sterlé:
  • 1955 S Eau de Sterlé
  • 1955 Andantino
  • 1955 Diam
  • 1955 En Revant
  • 1955 Lecon d'Amour
  • 1955 Eau Forte
  • 1955 Irradiance
  • 1955 Monsieur Sterlé
  • 1956 Huit-Huit
  • 1960 Tertio

Huit Huit (Eight -Eight) 

Huit-Huit is described as warm, sweet and fruity. The name refers to the 2 gold wedding rings placed together, or more precisely, the technical name of a specific diamond cut used by Sterlé. In 1956, it was known as the world's most expensive perfume, retailing in France at 28,000 francs ($70) for 1/3 of an ounce. Yet, in spite of its high price, more than 50 gallons had been sold within four months. The bottle featured a clever idea in the crystal stopper of its bottle, which is cut with facets like an octagonal shaped diamond solitaire. An 18 karat gold wedding ring makes a collar around the neck of the bottle and can be removed for wear if required. Huit Huit was discontinued sometime in the 1970s.
  • Top notes: fruity note, Japanese camelia
  • Middle notes: Bulgarian rose, orris, violet, jasmine
  • Base notes: amber, vanilla, honey, spices, musk

Femina, 1955:
"Le 8-8 (nom d'une taille de diamant) de Sterlé, à base de rose bulgare."

Jardin des arts - Volume 2, 1956:
"Perfume "Huit-huit", created by Sterlé. Bottle cut crystal set with a braided gold chainmail ring."

Eugene Fodor's France, 1958:
"Sterle - "Huit-huit", fruity and gay. Weil. "Antilope," "Zibeline," "Noir," "Cassandra." Worth. "Je Reviens," fresh, light, and distinctive; "Dans la Nuit," a haunting fragrance; "Imprudence," which has been described as an "invitation to seduction."

L'Art et la mode, 1958:
"STERLE delicious perfume "Huit-huit," the precious fragrance of all, now has its bottle-Spray Atomizer, tubular container canted white crystal and black enamel cap: chic, very convenient."

Guide to Europe, 1963:
""Huit-Huit" — (delicate, warm, tenacious, for brunettes and mature women)."


Diam is classified as a floral oriental fragrance for women. It's name refers to diamond.
  • Top notes: neroli, bergamot, lily of the valley, lilac
  • Middle notes: orange blossom, rose, jasmine, gardenia, ylang ylang, and heliotrope
  • Base notes: benzoin, styrax, sandalwood, ambergris, musk, and vetiver

L'Art et la mode, 1959:
"Remember if you already know; this is, for example, the magnificent "Diam" of Sterlé second perfume jeweler since Sterlé has combined so closely - and so happily, let us say - the art of jewelry to the art of the perfumer."


Tertio derives from the French word “Tertio" in English means "thirdly."

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