Miquel Barceló Hameçon et appât (Hook and Bait), 2007 18kt yellow gold satin finish earrings 15 x 3.2 cm and 7.8 x 3.5 cm Edition 5 of 20 Signed and numbered The collection of Miquel Barceló came to life in 2007 through a dialogue between the artist and Chus Burés. These pieces are linked to the artist’s iconography and in tune with his serpentine aesthetic of that time. Before the collaboration started, Barceló finished the altarpiece for the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in Palma Cathedral, Majorca; a magical world that drew life from the sea and plants. Out of it arose Hameçon et appât (Hook and Bait) and a series of jewels that entitled Boucles de Mer (sea curls) made in 18 kt gold and oxidised silver. Barceló made an enormous pile of test pieces out of variety of easily worked material – aluminium foil, cardboard and pieces of wax he shaped with his hand, leaving fingerprints that are reproduced in some of the jewels.
Ifeanyi Oganwu Cityscapes, 2016 9kt rose gold earrings 4.5 x 2.3 cm Edition of 12 Signed and numbered Inspired by metropolitan skylines mirrored on bodies of water, the Cityscapes Collection seeks to unify natural and manmade landscapes. Here, the functional support acts as a horizon line from which shards are reflected to create interactive elements with varying geometric intricacy. Works in the collection include a double ring, large earrings, and a pair of cufflinks, all of which grow from aggregated clusters of folded shards – the primary unit of the designs.
Jesús Rafael Soto Penetrabile, 1967 Silver and silver gilt earrings with three rows of 23 bi-coloured moving rods 9 x 7 cm GEM edition: 57/200 Hallmarked and signed GEM “Penetrabile” is a pair of earrings designed by Jesús Rafael Soto in collaboration with GEM Montebello in 1967. These earrings are the first edition made with moving wires in sterling silver, treated half in yellow gold and half in rhodium, in an edition of 200 exemplars not numbered or signed. Of this first edition, only 35 exemplars have been realised, thus a numbering criteria was not applied. Often artist jewellery is a miniature sculpture of a bigger work and Penetrabile (Penetrable) takes the name from the big installations Soto was creating at that time, where people could physically enter the work, creating movement through the passage of their bodies. The project is not a scale adaptation of the work in this case, in fact the wearer becomes part of Penetrabile while the spectator observes the movement. At the end of the 60’s, as agreed with the artist, GEM stopped the first edition and started the new edition of 25 gold exemplars numbered and signed. 18 carat gold was the choice for the first five exemplars, later adjusted to a […]
Giorgio Vigna Segmenti sassi, 2013 Oxidised silver and 18kt yellow gold earrings with diamonds 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.
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov The Fly, 2010 18kt yellow gold fire enamel earrings with emeralds, diamonds, peridot Edition of 10 Signed and numbered “The Fly is for us a symbol of freedom. It can go anywhere, be everywhere and we don’t even notice its presence, because she is so insignificant. Nobody can control the fly, even in totalitarian state, where everybody’s life and movements can be limited and controlled, the fly is free.” – Ilya Kabakov The Fly wearable art project was first designed by Ilya Kabakov in 1992 and originally conceived as a present for his wife Emilia. However, it remained unrealised until 2010, when Elisabetta Cipriani encouraged the artist to finally bring it to life. The fly, one of Kabakov’s best known and recurring motifs, encapsulates a dual meaning. On the one hand, it is a metaphor for the smallness and insignificance of the individual against the omnipotence and repression of the Soviet Government. On the other hand, it represents the freedom of the soul, escaped from the earthly bonds of existence. The fly travels everywhere unnoticed, from the most ordinary and humble place to the most elevated and sacred one without distinguishing between them. This concept draws a […]