Atelier van Lieshout Ear Hangers, 2009 Atelier Van Lieshout’s work is characterised by deliberate contradictions between form and function. Reluctant to being conventional and limited, AVL always finds a creative and aesthetic solution. The jewellery pieces in collaboration with Elisabetta Cipriani flavour AVL’s entire unique brand of humour and irony. Ear Hangers, a pair of earrings representing five hanging men connected to each other, have a dual function – to be worn and to be admired while standing.
Ute Decker In Praise of Shadow, 2014 18kt Fairtrade yellow gold and recycled silver bi-metal earrings Sizes: Large (8 cm); Medium (6/5/7 cm); Small (5.5 cm) Limited edition of 36 The wearable sculptures by the internationally acclaimed architectural jeweller Ute Decker are a meditation on the richness of simplicity. She sculpts space, movement, volume and a subtle texture into a carefully composed interplay of light and shadow with a richly evocative sense of space and story. This essential purity is typical of her work in its minimalism and attention to detail.
Jacqueline De Jong Pommes de Jong, 2012 Shrunk potato, sprouts, 18kt yellow gold plated earrings 6 x 25 cm Unique ref. N2 Pommes de Jong is an ongoing project that came to life in 2007 in Bouan (Bourbonnais, France) where in the mid 1990’s de Jong and her husband decided to buy a house. She created a vegetable garden and they planted potatoes in memory of the lack of food during the war. De Jong stored the potatoes in a 13th Century cellar and suddenly realized that she was fascinated by the huge amount of sprouts that were growing from the shrunk tubers. When de Jong was asked by a jewellery collector to make a jewel for her, she thought that she might do something with these shrunk potatoes and their sprouts that were getting longer and longer. Pommes de Jong were inspired by the idea of transforming a humble object into a precious one. In the realization of the wearable art, the potatoes and their sprouts are dried slowly by the artist over a period of two years and are submerged in a bath of platinum or gold becoming exclusive pieces of wearable art.
Pietro Consagra Orecchini, 1998 18kt yellow gold earrings with white diamonds Unique and signed In 1952 Pietro Consagra (Trapani, 1920) chose a frontal approach, eliminating volume and three-dimensional effects from his sculpture and opting for a single point of view designed to create a more direct, immediate dialogue with the spectator. Regarding his activity in the field of jewellery, apart from a piece created personally by him in 1947-48 for a friend, which was more a manifesto in favor of abstract sculpture then a real ornament, Consagra has collaborated with the three most important producers of art jewellery: Masenza, the Fumanti brothers and GianCarlo Montebello. The frontal dimension of his artistic experimentation is also reflected in the jewels created by his design, adapted mainly to be transformed into brooches or pendants, distinguished by the play of intarsia and engraving on foil, or by the superimposition of elements treated in different manners: the contrast between the glossy and the opaque, colour and monochrome and pavé of diamonds.
Fausto Melotti Ruote, circa 1985 18kt yellow gold earrings Edition 8/8 Rejecting the traditional sculptural emphasis on volume and form, Fausto Melotti’s sculptures are de-materialized, penetrable and incorporate the empty space that passes through them. Emphatically geometric and rhythmically balanced, these works fuse Melotti’s love for mathematics and music. They have rigorous geometric proportions based on the golden section of base/height ratio and harmoniously combine straight lines and curves with concave and convex forms to create a sense of musical “counterpoint”. The jewels created in the 1980s carry the same pioneering, new genre of his modern sculptures.
Giorgio Vigna Segmenti, 2014 Oxidised silver and 18kt yellow gold earrings with diamonds 2.7 x 2.8 cm 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.
Kendell Geers Within earshot, 2011 18kt yellow gold bullet earrings 2.6 x 3.6 x 0.6 cm Edition of 10 Signed and numbered The 2011 collaboration between Kendell Geers and Elisabetta Cipriani resulted in three different iconic pieces that convey the characteristic intensity of the artist’s works. Within Earshot are a pair of earrings casted from a real exploded bullet used by the artist to realise one of a series of sculptures made of bulletproof glass shot at with a rifle.