Vortice II

Vortice II

May
12

John Moore Vortice II, 2020 Blackened silver, diamonds, silicone, magnets necklace Internal diameter 11.5 cm ; height 3 cm ; length 7.1 cm Unique, Signed Made over a three month period and completed last week, Vortice II is the second in a series of necklaces sharing the same pointed shape. Whilst Vortice I was set with a large citrine, Vortice II presents a vertical row of diamonds set in 18ct gold. 164 silver discs radiate out from the neck. They seamlessly increase in length to form a point at the centre. The specially engineered silicone core allows the necklace to flex freely in all directions and mould comfortably to the wearer. It can be worn flat against the body or turned up at the back to create a twist towards the front. The clasp is comprised of 53 separate components. It is secured by a hidden slotting mechanism and magnets that draw the two halves into alignment. Vortice II is a typically bold statement from John Moore. The shape represents a pair of wings, gently encircling the neck. They are the wings of an angel or guardian, shielding the wearer from harm.  They symbolise freedom, love and protection. The V shape […]

Nidi (Nests)

Mar
27

Sissi Nidi ( Nests), 2019 18kt gold thread brooch with ruby, sapphires, diamonds and emeralds 9 x 9 cm circa Unique and signed With an artistic focus of anatomical study in relations to environmental elements, the artist brings forth new ways to interpret jewellery, as the work of art then transforms into a second skin of light and gold for the wearer. Sissi interlaces the symbolism of the bird’s nest with the anatomy of the human body by having the entire project completely handmade by herself, creating an ornate ring, a pair of earrings, and brooches that re-transforms into pendants. These embellished, yet delicate pieces act like sculptural works of her own. Carefully interwoven and welded with gold and silver threads, decorated with precious gemstones, Sissi’s contemplative process re-imagines a sculptural piece of art to work in tandem with the single wearer. It was pivotal to Sissi that she was personally involved with the crafting of Nests. Her hands-on experiences reflected in the handcraft deeply incorporates her conceptualisation of the delicate works of art as an extension of herself and of the wearer. Nests draws its symbolism from natural nests which provides a safe place and is transformed into a […]

Taureau

Dec
11

  Jean Cocteau Taureau, 1961/62 circa 23kt gold pendant 56 grams circa; 11.6 x 7cm Edition of 50 Ref. 1491 Atelier Hugo Editions The wearable art collaboration between François Hugo and Jean Cocteau began in the 1960 and led to a collection of sculptural pieces that were born out of Cocteau’s prolific collection of drawings. Together, they went on to create a total of 13 jewellery pieces, some in 23 carat gold and others in 18 carat gold and adorned with precious stones. Many of Cocteau’s designs are of human profiles 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.  Combining the sobriety of a 23 carat gold with other more linear pieces in 18 carat gold encrusted with precious stones, the pieces encompass Cocteau and Hugo’s artistic vision.   Taureau Necklaces / Pendants, Featured 6 Profil Necklaces / Pendants, Brooches, Featured 6

Profil

Dec
11

Jean Cocteau Profil, 1961/62 circa 28kt gold brooch/pendant 29 grams circa; 5.7 x 4.7 cm Edition of 50 Ref. 1493 Atelier Hugo Editions The wearable art collaboration between François Hugo and Jean Cocteau began in the 1960 and led to a collection of sculptural pieces that were born out of Cocteau’s prolific collection of drawings. Together, they went on to create a total of 13 jewellery pieces, some in 23 carat gold and others in 18 carat gold and adorned with precious stones. Many of Cocteau’s designs are of human profiles 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.  Combining the sobriety of a 23 carat gold with other more linear pieces in 18 carat gold encrusted with precious stones, the pieces encompass Cocteau and Hugo’s artistic vision.  

Jacqueline au Chevalet

Dec
11

  Pablo Picasso Jacqueline au Chevalet, 1956 23kt gold medallion 42 (D) cm; 2684 grs circa Edition of 20 +2 Artist samples and 2 author samples Ref. 1428 Atelier Hugo Edition   It was in 1956 when Pablo Picasso found that his ideas and designs could be perfectly translated into the medium of precious metals with the assistance of the incredibly skilled goldsmith François Hugo. Famous for his cubism, deconstruction of form, and his widely commercialised ceramic works, the conception of his medallions drew clear inspiration and direction in his designs. It is hard not to miss that the medallion  Jacqueline au Chevalet was drawn from the ceramic plate of its namesake, also created in 1956. Hammering the precious metals into specially cast moulds taken from the artist’s models, Hugo’s incredibly meticulous craft mirrored Picasso’s perfectionism when it came to the execution of the medallion. Given that these designs were initially never intended to be commercialised, but as Picasso’s private treasures, Jacqueline au Chevalet is an excellent early example of the incredible designs in the years to follow, as well as a symbol of the collaboration between these most iconic of twentieth century artists and goldsmiths. When Picasso finally permitted for the distribution of his […]

Butterfly Wings

Dec
10

Ania Guillaume Butterfly wings, 2019 Titanium necklace 27.5 (H) x 13 (D) cm circa Unique Ref. N17     Butterfly Wings is an exemplary series of Guillaume’s examination of elements of the natural environment, translated into wearable art. In sculpture as much as in wearable art, there is a strong perception of the spiritual natural universe. Flowers or animals are designed within the shape of the jewel and, once worn, they create an intricate dialogue between the wearer and nature. Known for their fragility, the delicate attributes of butterfly wings are juxtaposed in its materiality. Casted from delicate carvings into thin wax, the titanium wearable pieces of earrings and necklaces still play with our perception to materiality, as the incredibly lightweight jewellery pieces gleam in their chromatic spectrums. Feminine and beautiful, these reflections of elements of nature become an elegant statement piece to our everyday fashion.

Butterfly Wings

Dec
10

  Ania Guillaume Butterfly wings, 2019 Titanium necklace 14 (D) cm circa Unique Ref. N16   Butterfly Wings is an exemplary series of Guillaume’s examination of elements of the natural environment, translated into wearable art. In sculpture as much as in wearable art, there is a strong perception of the spiritual natural universe. Flowers or animals are designed within the shape of the jewel and, once worn, they create an intricate dialogue between the wearer and nature. Known for their fragility, the delicate attributes of butterfly wings are juxtaposed in its materiality. Casted from delicate carvings into thin wax, the titanium wearable pieces of earrings and necklaces still play with our perception to materiality, as the incredibly lightweight jewellery pieces gleam in their chromatic spectrums. Feminine and beautiful, these reflections of elements of nature become an elegant statement piece to our everyday fashion.

Butterfly Wings

Dec
10

Ania Guillaume Butterfly Wings, 2019 Titanium necklace 14 (D) x 26 (H) cm Unique Ref. N15     Butterfly Wings is an exemplary series of Guillaume’s examination of elements of the natural environment, translated into wearable art. In sculpture as much as in wearable art, there is a strong perception of the spiritual natural universe. Flowers or animals are designed within the shape of the jewel and, once worn, they create an intricate dialogue between the wearer and nature. Known for their fragility, the delicate attributes of butterfly wings are juxtaposed in its materiality. Casted from delicate carvings into thin wax, the titanium wearable pieces of earrings and necklaces still play with our perception to materiality, as the incredibly lightweight jewellery pieces gleam in their chromatic spectrums. Feminine and beautiful, these reflections of elements of nature become an elegant statement piece to our everyday fashion.

Vane

Nov
07

John Moore Vane collection Long thin necklace with aluminium discs, brass, silicone, silver, and magnets 65 cm x 1.5 cm Edition of 20 per colour ( red and black ; yellow and black ; blue and green)   Visually striking, presenting a high awareness of spacial engagement with the wearer, Moore carefully balances shape, colour and movement expressed in this necklace.  He conjures his own hybrid specimens, organic yet manmade, that transcend the material and work in harmony with the body. The piece depicts such an intricacy to the wearer, an achievement from something that is so carefully designed, can beautifully engage with the body in a complex dialogue with fashion and the organic.

Pommes de Jong

Nov
07

Jacqueline de Jong Pommes de Jong, 2016 Shrunk potato, sprouts, 18kt yellow gold plated pendant 13.5 cm Unique Ref. P1   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.