Vortex

Vortex

Jan
21

Gigi Mariani Vortex, 2017 Silver, 24kt yellow gold, niello, patina, ring diameter 5.5 x 2.8 cm unique and signed   Gigi Mariani works with antique, almost forgotten techniques. Using niello, a blackener with the aid of sulfur, he conceals the preciousness of the noble metal. Under the application of heat, “blood clots” and cracks appear in the surfaces — making them appear marked by age. Mariani engages his instinctive approach of using the metal surface as a canvas, incorporating he expressive medium of niello, he interrupts that surface texture through his precise, geometric forms. In addition to precious metals, the basic materials of Gigi Mariani’s jewellery include iron, copper and brass. His incredibly sculptural and geometric wearable works of art have become a testament to Mariani’s incredible attention to materiality as both a goldsmith and visual artist.

Tracks, Rock series

Jan
21

Gigi Mariani Tracks, Rock series, 2017 Silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, patina, ring diameter 5 cm unique and signed   Gigi Mariani’s works have aimed to revitalise antique techniques of gold smithing. Incorporating niello, a blackener with the aid of sulphur, he conceals the preciousness of the silver metal. Under the application of heat, “blood clots” and cracks appear in the surfaces — re-purposing the surface materiality into earthen grounds, aged and weathered. Mariani extends his instinctive approach of using the metal surface as a canvas, incorporating clean geometric forms of metallic droplets as if to indicate the human erosion of the earth, and the ring as a landscape picture. Mariani’s practice as both visual artist and goldsmith demonstrates his full awareness of materiality and its characteristics towards wearable works of art, which makes his unique creations so charismatic and sculptural to the wearer.

In Balance

Jan
21

Gigi Mariani In balance, 2016 Silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, patina, ring 3.8 x 2.5 x 2 cm unique and signed   In balance is a rather remarkable wearable piece by Gigi Mariani, who fundamentally works with antique, almost forgotten techniques. Using niello, a blackener with the aid of sulphur, he conceals the preciousness of the silver metal. Under the application of heat, “blood clots” and cracks appear in the surfaces — making them appear marked by age, creating such a distinctive texture around the ring as is wraps around the finger. Mariani counteracts his instinctive approach of using the metal surface as a canvas through his precise, geometric forms, interrupting the illusion of such expressive materiality with a solid golden sphere encased within the blackened silver. In addition to precious metals, the basic materials of Gigi Mariani’s jewelry include iron, copper and brass. With his meditative understanding of techniques and materiality,  his creations’ unique aesthetic appeal often stem from these sculptural and often cuboid pieces to have been crafted by Mariani as a goldsmith who also works as a visual artist. 

Deep

Jan
21

Gigi Mariani Deep, 2019 18kt yellow gold, silver, patina, ring 3 x 2.5 x 3.2 cm unique and signed sold Gigi Mariani works with antique, almost forgotten techniques.  Mariani engages his instinctive approach of using the metal surface as a canvas, incorporating he expressive medium of niello, a blackener with the aid of sulphur that grants a unique surface texture concealing the precious metal. he interrupts that surface texture through his precise, geometric forms. With Deep, he juxtaposes his often-used medium of niello and deconstructs this sculptural piece, with careful ridges along the rim of the ring, he simplifies the geometric investigations with Deep.  In addition to precious metals, the basic materials of Gigi Mariani’s jewellery include iron, copper and brass. His incredibly sculptural and geometric wearable works of art have become a testament to Mariani’s incredible attention to materiality as both a goldsmith and visual artist.

Pepite #2

Jan
21

Gigi Mariani Pepite #2, 2019 Silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, patina, ring 5.2 cm diameter unique and signed sold Gigi Mariani works with antique, almost forgotten techniques. Using niello, a blackener with the aid of sulfur, he conceals the preciousness of the noble metal. Under the application of heat, “blood clots” and cracks appear in the surfaces — making them appear marked by age. Mariani counteracts his instinctive approach of using the metal surface as a canvas through his precise, geometric forms, with Pepite #2 now resembling stars in the sky. In addition to precious metals, the basic materials of Gigi Mariani’s jewellery include iron, copper and brass. His creations’ unique aesthetic appeal is due to the fact that these sculptural and often cuboid pieces have been crafted by a goldsmith who also works as a visual artist. 

Infinity Spiral

Nov
18

Ute Decker Infinity Spiral, 2019 18kt Fairtrade gold ring 2 (H) x 4.3 (W) cm Unique within a series Signed – UK Hallmark with artist initials UD

Vento

Nov
08

  Giorgio Vigna Vento, 2018 Oxidised silver ring with diamonds 6.5 x 4 x 3 (H) cm circa Unique

A selection of rings as sculptures and as wearable sculptures

Nov
07

        Ania Guillaume one of a kind rings inspired by nature      

Ginkgo

Nov
07

Ania Guillaume Ginkgo, 2018 Gold plated silver ring 4.8 (H) x 4.2 (W) cm Unique Ref. R10 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.  

Ginkgo

Nov
07

Ania Guillaume Ginkgo, 2018 Gold plated silver ring 1.9 (W) x 4 (H) x 2.2 (D) cm circa Ring size 8 (US) Unique Ref. R11 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 […]