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 […]