Sissi Nidi (Nests), 2018 Silver threads and hand painted enamel pendant/ brooch 5.5 x 6.5 cm Unique Nidi (Nests) is a project entirely handmade by the artist and consists of a pair of earrings and two pendants that can also be worn as brooches or displayed as sculptures. Inspired by the idea of a safe place, these wearable sculptures like the natural nests, embrace the life and the body of the wearer. The gold pendant finds protection over the heart and when worn as a brooch, finds its peace between the branches of the ribs. Manual ability is central in Sissi’s work: she delicately intertwines and welds gold and silver threads with coloured stones and twists hand painted enamelled strips to make a new skin that represent an extension between her work and her body in the space. In the artist’s practise, everything starts from a small element that grows and develops in different forms. This flow take shape from the soul of the artist and is articulated from the body with a potentially infinite form.
Meret Oppenheim Bone necklace with mouth, designed 1935–36, executed in 2014 18kt gold burnished 21 x 22.5 cm x 44 cm Edition 17 + 3AP Gems and Ladders edition Meret Oppenheim designed and commissioned the bone necklace with mouth in 1935-36. The original brass prototype is in a private collection, and the necklace is now realised from cut gold sheet. This necklace shows Oppenheim’s ability to collage materials and subjects: at the centre of the defensive row of bones is a feminine mouth. Collage was the perfect Surrealist medium and this piece also illustrates one of the artist’s lasting themes: bones featured in works throughout her career. Take for example her self-portrait of 1964 X-RAY of M.O.’s Skull (M.O. 1913-2000); the x-ray image suggests that the viewer might see the artist’s essence. Meret Oppenheim, however, teasingly pre-empted her own death in the work’s title and hid behind her earrings, rings and necklace, the metal objects that would endure for many decades thereafter. Courtesy of the Artist and Gems and Ladders
John Moore Diamond Verto Necklace, 2015 Sterling silver necklace with 18kt yellow gold, diamonds, silicone, magnets, and steel Unique The Diamond Verto Necklace completed in 2015, won four awards in 2016, including the Goldsmiths’ Company Award, “given at the discretion of the Council for exceptional and outstanding design in 2D and 3D”
Ania Guillaume Ginkgo, 2018 Silver and yellow gold plated necklace Unique and signed 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 elegant dialogue within the wearer and nature. The first wearable art pieces were made in 2011 in gilded bronze and later she moved to silver gold plating.