Kendell Geers The Word (Love) Made Flesh, 2019 Silver and enamel cufflinks 2 x 2cm Edition of 20 Signed and numbered The Word (Love) Made Flesh collection consists of a pendant and cufflinks featuring an intricate figurine-like design derived from the ‘Hwe Mu Dua’ (‘measuring stick’) symbol – the West African Andrinka symbol of excellence and perfection. The pendant beautifully displays different brightly coloured patterns on each side, whereas the cufflinks reveal positive and negative black and images. These spiritually charged wearable sculptures cannot, however, be categorised as either European or African, but are rather representative of an interplay between cultures, archetypal signs, and sacred symbols. In the true spirit of Kendell Geers, the archetypal trickster, the ancient African symbols featured in The Word (Love) Made Flesh have been refashioned in an Afropunk style and spell out the word ‘LOVE.’ The Word (Love) Made Flesh thus epitomises the artist’s tendency to subvert ancient iconography by embracing both traditional and contemporary African aesthetics. As the title suggests, The Word (Love) Made Flesh invites the wearer to search for the hidden word within the figure. Words that reoccur throughout the artist’s works include ‘LOVE,’ ‘HATE,’ ‘FAITH,’ ‘FUCK,’ and ‘FREE,’ among others. The pendant and cufflinks can […]
Zaha Hadid Silene Ring I, 2014 18kt pink gold with white diamonds ring 6 cm edition of 12 signed and numbered Zaha Hadid created the Silene series in collaboration with The House of Aziz and Walid Mouzannar. The Mouzannar family has been creating jewellery since the 18th century, and they continue their tradition of crafting remarkable pieces with the Silene series. Silene expresses the fluidity and complexity of natural forms. Incorporating visual elements derived from nature such as the geometric complexities of the web, or veins in leaves. Inlaid with diamonds that float between the fluid forms to accentuate its composition, Silene orchestrates an ever-changing play of refraction and reflection that conveys its formal complexity.
Ai Weiwei Ring W and Ring M, 2018 24kt yellow gold rings 2.48 x 2.88 x 1.65 cm; 2.72 x 3.04 x 1.86 cm edition of 6 (per model) After three years of intense artistic and social commitment, Ai Weiwei returns to create unique jewels with the purity of 24kt gold that can be worn by women and men. The exclusive project, which includes two models of rings, realized in an edition of 6 pieces each, reflects the artist’s concern about the human condition, the awareness of what it means to be trapped, bound, and deprived of the freedom to travel and to determine one’s own existence. Inspired by ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and the processing of gold in ancient Greece, the rings continue the artist’s research on human migration – as witnessed in the artist’s ground-breaking documentary ‘Human Flow’ (2017). The wearable artworks are representative of Ai Weiwei’s sensitivity to the duality of human nature, with its capacity for nurture and kindness on one hand yet destruction and cruelty on the other. In the centre of the ring’s face, depictions of migrants’ stories unfold under a mysterious half-moon: by foot or by sea, some are portrayed travelling together and others alone. Ai […]
Rebecca Horn Untitled, 2019 22kt yellow gold, silver, and labradorite ring Unique and signed In collaboration with Luisa del Valle, Rebecca Horn’s Untitled (2019) series encapsulates her interest in the talismanic nature of precious stones. After months of research, del Valle sourced rare, labradorite stones, of which have been revered for its protective properties. Horn was enchanted by their bright mirage of colours, creating this project of a unique 22k yellow gold and labradorite set of rings and a necklace. From every angle the wearer moves, each gemstone glows in the light. Wearing these protective talismans as it gleams a spectrum of colours is almost as if wearing the impressionists paintings of the 19th century.
Alba Polenghi Lisca Collana Visnu, 1999 18kt satin gold and Sardinian coral pendant 9.7 x 4.7 cm unique and signed ‘The artist jewel includes his/her own aesthetic – artistic research, deepening of his reflection, thus becoming a piece of art independent of the jewel intended as an ornament. For me, the jewel reflects the anticipated discourse in painting translated into a new language with different materials, the design of which comes from a design – shape – sign, a process that I follow from the beginning of the work in each piece.’ – Alba Polenghi Lisca
Alba Polenghi Lisca Orecchini Isla, 2007 18kt satin yellow and white gold earrings 9 x 2.5 cm Edition of 1/1 , hallmark APL “The artist jewel includes his/her own aesthetic – artistic research, deepening of his reflection, thus becoming a piece of art independent of the jewel intended as an ornament. For me, the jewel reflects the anticipated discourse in painting translated into a new language with different materials, the design of which comes from a design – shape – sign, a process that I follow from the beginning of the work in each piece.”APL
Sophie Whettnall Bracelet, 2019 18kt satin yellow gold bracelet 5 cm edition of 6 signed and numbered ‘I had never designed wearable art before, nor had the idea of doing it ever crossed my mind. But when a friend asked if I’d be interested, I immediately said yes. My points of reference were very personal: I wanted to design something that I could see myself wearing, and something that would have a continuity with my work as an artist. That meant that there would have to be holes; recently, I have been particularly fascinated by the texture created through drilling. And there would have to be folds or curves, because they are elegant and mysterious: what’s on the other side? These two considerations led me to think of the bracelet and ring: flat surfaces that would become textured through drilling and voluminous through folding. Surprisingly, pretty much the first sketches I made felt right, and I resisted every impulse to tinker with them.’ – Sophie Whettnall
Paolo Canevari Piovra (Octopus), 2019 oxidised silver and cultured pearls bracelet 10.2 x 7 cm made bespoke edition of 10 signed and numbered The Octopus, which elegantly wraps around the wrist of the wearer, symbolises various facets of power. The seductive power of the eroticism in Japan, the omnipresent power of the mafia in Italy, and in Hollywood, the enigmatic creature of the ocean symbolises the uncanny power of the criminal and terrorist organisation Spectre in the famous Bond movies. The bracelet invites its wearer to reflect on the complex interconnectedness of seduction, danger and authority, as the eight-armed animal once inspired the creation of the gorgon Medusa’s head, in Ancient Greek mythology.
Ania Guillaume Sérénité (Serenity), 2018 Gold plated hand-sculpted brass candle holder 16 x 15 cm Edition of 8 plus 4 AP Signed and numbered In collaboration with Acampora Profumi Sérénité (Serenity) is part of the Gingko series of miniature, wearable sculptures, visually derived from the leaves of the ancient Japanese tree. It was first designed in 2011 with gilded bronze, until she started moving onto titanium, which proves to be much lighter and more dynamic. With the artist’s interest in nature’s intricate spirituality, the holders take form of hand sculpted gingko leaves made in gold plated brass embracing the candle like a sculpture. The gingko leaf was purposely chosen by the artist not only for its singular beauty, but mainly for the its meaningful symbolism of longevity and wellbeing that is associated with the history of Acampora and its wonderful aromas. A beautiful ginkgo sculpture enwrapping Acampora finest scents encapsulated in the candle, Sérénité (Serenity) becomes an elegant piece of interior design.