Liliane Lijn Fossil Twist Necklace, 2019 Electroformed silver and gold plate necklace 70cm long circa Edition of 8 Signed and numbered Evocative of her visual abstractions and material manipulations, Lijn’s concept of the primal earth are finely tuned with the geological sciences. As humanity uncovers the remnants of past creatures, the cycle of life and death are drawn into continuous momentum of renewal and vitality that Lijn echoes in her Fossil series. The way these necklaces engage so fittingly with the wearer evokes a very personal dialogue with Lijn’s motifs of the primal earth. In a very personal, meditative approach with these pieces, Lijn begins her pieces by moulding a clump of very hot wax to create these ornaments upon the necklace piece. The high temperature, granted this malleable nature of the wax to manipulate the mass and resemble these earthen elements. As technology has allowed her to work with a diverse range of materials in her sculptural work; instead of cast metal, electro-forming was used to carefully reflect the same earthen surface texture reinforced into these necklace pieces. Fossil Twist Necklace is a testament to Lijn’s incredibly attention to materiality and form. In order to wear it we […]
Maria Sole Ferragamo S ( H) AVING – Nautilus, 2020 Palladium plated brass and blue varnish earrings Diameter 3.5cm, weight 7g per earring Unique within an edition of 10 S(h)aving is the newborn project of SO-LE Studio that sees Maria Sole Ferragamo working for the first time with metal leftovers, exclusively for Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery. It was born in Sole’s favourite place to be: the factory. During one of her visits to the one that produces the metal elements of her leather jewellery, her attention was captured by a group of bins, containing shining little creatures. They were brass shavings – a mountain of them – of different forms and sizes, covered in oil and united in a huge tangle. Their destiny was to be melted into other brass, but Sole decided to explore the vibration that was there and asked if she could take some to the studio. These brass shavings had an energy, something to say, but never to be repeated. She handpicked each of them, open to explore what they could be transformed into. By following this flow each earring was born with a unique personality and form. The brass shaving is moulded and shaped by Sole’s hands, then coated […]
Gigi Mariani Round Midnight, 2015 Silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, patina bracelet Diameter 6.7 cm Unique and signed Gigi Mariani’s works have aimed to revitalise antique techniques of gold smithing. Incorporating niello, a blackener with the aid of sulphur, he conceals the preciousness of the silver metal. Under the application of heat, “blood clots” and cracks appear in the surfaces — re-purposing the surface materiality into earthen grounds, aged and weathered. Mariani extends his instinctive approach of using the metal surface as a canvas, incorporating clean geometric forms of metallic droplets as if to indicate the human erosion of the earth, and the ring as a landscape picture. Mariani’s practice as both visual artist and goldsmith demonstrates his full awareness of materiality and its characteristics towards wearable works of art, which makes his unique creations so charismatic and sculptural to the wearer.
Giorgio Vigna Segmenti, 2015 Oxidised silver and 18 kt yellow gold ring with and South sea pearl Unique and signed Giorgio Vigna’s artistic pathway is a journey out of the ordinary expressed by the strong link between his broad artistic research and nature, and the relationship that connects form and matter. In the jewellery, as much as in his artistic production, Vigna shows his versatility. The artist creates unique pieces expressing the diverse disciplines he works with: the virtues of glass, the jewellery as sculpture, and the soul of the precious.
Rebecca Horn Shell (Neptunea Angulata), 2014 18kt pink gold ring Edition of 12 The jewelry project came to life through collaboration between the artist and Luisa del Valle, a noted goldsmith living in Spain. After months of research, del Valle sourced rare stones, shells and ammonites to develop the concept of movement and energy central to Horn’s work. Each piece is unique, hand-made and exquisitely crafted by del Valle through the ancient Etruscan technique. As a result of their collaboration, this jewelry is a mélange of antiquity and contemporaneity, timeless sculptural pieces in the form of rings, earrings and necklaces which are deeply sensual.
Jannis Kounellis Labbra (Lips), 2012 18kt yellow gold lips ring 2.1 x 6 cm Edition of 12 Signed and numbered When Elisabetta Cipriani proposed the jewellery collaboration project to the noted artist Jannis Kounellis, he liked the idea of recreating his 1972 gold sculpture, which was stolen in the 1980. However, this time with an entirely different purpose, as wearable sculpture – a ring. The Labbra (Lips) ring, a cast of Kounellis’s lips, is reminiscent of the purpose of the ancient Greek masks.
Paolo Canevari Sweets (Snake), 2019 silver ring 4.5 x 3 cm edition of 10 one of 10 designs The instinct from our childhood, to play and fiddle with the wrapping after the candy is gone, evokes the thought process as Canevari engages in this project, Sweets. The artist engages with the limitations of the malleable aluminium wrapper in such playful whims that subvert our ability to recognise objects. From the suggestion of a cushion-cut ring design, to the reptile shapes of snakes and lizards, the limitations of candy wrapping elevate Canevari’s mythos of happiness into creating a nostalgic dialogue between the piece and the wearer, reminiscent of our childhood imaginations. Each piece reflects Canevari’s examination of recognisable images and permanence. The wearable art pieces Sweets are cast in silver, and yet, the unique texture of aluminium foil plays with our perception of materiality as we discover that what is believed to be fragile, is actually everlasting.
Enrico Castellani Superficie, 2013 18kt yellow satin gold necklace 6.2 x 6.2 cm Edition of 12 Signed and numbered Since the late 1950’s Enrico Castellani’s work has been characterized by striking relief structures called Superficie. The jewellery project came to life in 2012/2013, using a hammer and a chisel, the artist has created bracelets and necklaces made in three different colours of gold. The geometrical patterns created in these jewels alternate positive and negative space and establish a strong interplay between light and shadow.
Jean Cocteau Taureau, 1961/62 28kt gold pendant 11.6 x 7 cm; 56 grams edition of 50 ref. 1491 The wearable art collaboration between François Hugo and Jean Cocteau began in 1960 and brought to life an extraordinary collection of sculptural pieces which are based on Cocteau’s prolific collection of drawings. Together, they went on to create a total of 13 wearable art pieces, some in 23kt gold and others in 18kt gold, and often adorned with precious stones. Many of Cocteau’s designs are based on human beings and mystique creatures, inspired by ancient civilisations and astrological symbols. In 1961, the pieces were exhibited at the International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery in London. Profil Necklaces / Pendants, Brooches 8 Taureau Necklaces / Pendants, Featured 12