Zaha Hadid Silene Ring I, 2014 18kt yellow gold with black diamonds ring 6 cm edition of 12 signed and numbered Zaha Hadid created the Silene series in collaboration with The House of Aziz and Walid Mouzannar. The Mouzannar family has been creating jewellery since the 18th century, and they continue their tradition of crafting remarkable pieces with the Silene series. Silene expresses the fluidity and complexity of natural forms. Incorporating visual elements derived from nature such as the geometric complexities of the web, or veins in leaves. Inlaid with diamonds that float between the fluid forms to accentuate its composition, Silene orchestrates an ever-changing play of refraction and reflection that conveys its formal complexity.
Sophie Whettnall Ring, 2019 18kt satin yellow gold ring 2.3 cm edition of 10 signed and numbered ‘I had never designed wearable art before, nor had the idea of doing it ever crossed my mind. But when a friend asked if I’d be interested, I immediately said yes. My points of reference were very personal: I wanted to design something that I could see myself wearing, and something that would have a continuity with my work as an artist. That meant that there would have to be holes; recently, I have been particularly fascinated by the texture created through drilling. And there would have to be folds or curves, because they are elegant and mysterious: what’s on the other side? These two considerations led me to think of the bracelet and ring: flat surfaces that would become textured through drilling and voluminous through folding. Surprisingly, pretty much the first sketches I made felt right, and I resisted every impulse to tinker with them.’ – Sophie Whettnall
Meret Oppenheim Untitled, 1984–1986 18kt yellow gold and onyx ring 3.5 cm edition of 10 signed and numbered Cleto Munari edition Meret Oppenheim passionately attended the carnival in Basel every year; she collected traditional masks and created her own costumes. Her works, costumes or adornments offer disguise and permit playfulness; in fact, with these wearable sculptures, the wearer might take on the properties of what they are carrying. In the case of Oppenheim’s Snake Ear Cuff the person wearing this wearable art piece may take on the sinuousness and stealth of the reptile. The wearable art pieces by Meret Oppheneim are representative of her personality: between humour and elegance, they explore female sexuality, identity and exploitation.
Noor Fares x Flavie Audi Superlunary Cloud Rhombus ring in white gold with carved natural rock crystal, coloured sapphires and diamonds Unique The SUPERLUNARY collection is a demonstration of incredible craftsmanship of Flavie’s investigations of Cultural Geology, her inventive term to express the sciences linked to the human experiences and the celestial; and in tandem with Noor’s minimal aesthetic of wearable art that are fundamentally rooted in Vedic astrology, channelling that talismanic spirituality and protection through sacred symbolism and geometry. Each piece displays an incredible cosmic quality to them. The fluid geometry of the synthetic resin forms these cloudy crystals, moulded by a 3D printer, are adorned with artificial and natural precious stones, each stone needing the highest level of craftsmanship in order to cleave and carve them. Evoking the talismanic nature of spirituality in combination with the human processes, these pieces embody a vivacious energy, they evoke that artificial and natural ambiguity that is perceived through digital screens, and the cosmos in the sky, where the human touch meets both worlds. Each and every piece of the collection manages to glow upon the human skin when worn in such vastly unique and beautiful ways. The materials of the resin […]
Chiharu Shiota Carrying Memory, 2018 18kt gold ring 4 x 10 cm edition of 8 plus 2 AP’s unique and signed Through the use of 18kt gold, Chiharu Shiota intricately intertwines and folds threads which gradually expand into the universe, becoming an extension of the body in space. The ring that can also be used as a pendant, has been conceived and perceived in the same way as Shiota’s thread installations in which she integrates meaningful object related to everyday life. The traces left behind by a human life are also conceptually explored in the ring/pendant, which is made entirely of golden webbed threads to symbolise the inside of a human body, connecting the wearer with the past human experiences that are left in the golden traces of Carrying Memory.
Monica Bonvicini Ring, 2014 18kt blackened gold band, black 4.95ct diamond and emeralds ring edition of 50 Vieri edition Monica Bonvicini’s wearable art pieces are each one-of-a-kind. The artist’s relationship between power and gender are evidently reflected in each piece of this series, translated into inimitable and exceptional statement design. Exclusively made with ethically sourced gold, Bonvicini added her touch of humour to the pieces from the featured grenades alongside the sapphires in the long chain necklaces, to the satirical play on watch-fetishism in the bracelets. Luxury is redefined, by purposely moving away from shiny gold to sexy black, with blackened white and pink sets with striking white, brown and black diamonds, as well as sparkling emeralds and deep blue sapphire. Their minimalist yet hard and sturdy look was tailored to suit today’s strong and inventive woman, bringing a punch of beauty and sophistication.
Ania Guillaume Butterfly wings, 2018 Titanium ring 5 x 3 x 2.1 cm Unique 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.
Ania Guillaume Spring flowers, 2018 Handmade gold plated silver ring 2.8 x 2.8 x 2.6 cm Unique 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. Spring Flowers is a gold plated silver ring that engages with Guillaume’s interest in nature’s spirituality and its elements. Every unique piece the artist creates is casted from wax and takes form of hand sculpted petals, then made into gold plated silver, as the elements of nature embraces the body in a sculptural fashion. As it wraps around the hand, Spring Flowers bring an aura of energy and elegance to the wearer.
Ania Guillaume Spring flowers, 2018 Gold plated silver ring 4.6 x 2.7 x 3.2 cm Unique and signed Nature is Guillaume’s main inspiration: the subtle colours, the ingenious shapes, the amazing technical solutions. Guillaume translates this inspiration, at the micro and macro levels, in her paintings and sculptures. Guillaume first approached wearable art in 2011 using gilded bronze, until the artist started moving onto gold plated silver and titanium, which proves to be much lighter, durable and with titanium more colourful. Each of Guillaume’s wearable sculptures are hand sculpted, sometimes leaving the artist’s finger prints on the surface of the work.
Ania Guillaume Ginkgo, 2018 Silver gold plated ring 8.5 x 7.5 x 2.5 cm Unique Nature is Guillaume’s main inspiration: the subtle colours, the ingenious shapes, the amazing technical solutions. Guillaume translates this inspiration, at the micro and macro levels, in her paintings and sculptures. Gingko is Guillaume’s one of a kind miniature wearable sculptures visually derived from the leaves of the ancient Japanese tree. The gingko leaf was purposely chosen by the artist not only for its singular beauty, but mainly for the its meaningful symbolism of longevity and wellbeing.When the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, six Gingko trees were among the few living things to survive within a short radius of the blast site—and they’re still standing today. Thus, the Japanese regard the gingko as “the bearer of hope.” It is also known as “the survivor” and “the living fossil.” Guillaume first approached wearable art in 2011 using gilded bronze, until the artist started moving onto gold plated silver and titanium, which proves to be much lighter, durable and with titanium more colourful. Each of Guillaume’s wearable sculptures are hand sculpted, sometimes leaving the artist’s finger prints on the surface of the work.