Satta Matturi Nomoli Art Deco , 2022 18kt white gold, brilliant cut diamonds, baguette diamonds, onyx & ceramic brooch Unique Africa, its art, history, design and culture, has been a constant source of inspiration for jewellery house, Matturi. Launched in 2015, the brand aims to transform diverse narratives into luxurious high jewellery, set in 18kt gold with responsibly sourced brilliant diamonds and coloured gemstones. Matturi’s design approach is carefully considered and rooted in research leading to a visual and conceptual approach to design and aesthetics. Created in limited quantities, each piece is timeless and unique. Matturi strives to bring modernity into their distinct designs that can be worn or collected by women and men across the globe. Nomoli Totem Earrings 2 Nomoli Necklaces / Pendants 2 Ta-Seti Earrings 2 Nomoli Earrings 3 Nomoli Rings 2 Nomoli Art Deco Brooches, Featured 3
Giulio Paolini La Decima Musa (The Tenth Muse), 2023 silver enamel necklace 10 square elements 3 x 3 cm and torque 14 cm ø edition of 8 plus 2 AP Signed and numbered La Decima Musa (The Tenth Muse) by Giulio Paolini, consists in a necklace formed by a total of ten geometrical squares one of which represents the face of Sappho, a Greek lyric poet. Made in two variants, one in 18kt yellow gold and one in polished silver, both enameled in an edition of ten exemplars, plus two artist’s proof each medium. Plato considered Sappho the best poetic voice in Greek history and called her “the tenth muse”. Here too the figure of Sappho is evoked, surrounded by the nine geometric images inscribed in the nine squares that allude to the nine Muses. The title Decima Musa also takes up a previous work of the artist, created in 1966. In this context Sappho, the tenth muse, become a symbol of the artist’s internal source of inspiration, indicating that true creativity arises from the depths of one’s mind. It invites viewers to consider the role of the artist as a muse-like figure, generating new ideas and perspectives. Sappho is Paolini’s vision of […]
Elsa Sarantidu Birds of Paradise, 2023 silver, 18kt gold, hot pink sapphires , white rodhium plated sculptural cuff Unique For the EC LAB, the gallery selected eight one-of-a kind sculptural pieces from her latest collection Secret Garden. The collection is a testament to the awe-inspiring beauty that lies within the natural world, and an invitation to discover the hidden wonders that await us in the heart of a secret garden. Elsa’s pieces are all designed and handmade by her; she designs the texture and subsequently applied on the surface using a 3D printing technique. The metal sheet is cut and hand-shaped by the artist. “As you wear these pieces, you allow yourself to be transported to a place where dreams intertwine with reality, where the delicate patterns of foliage and the gentle whispers of flowers harmonise in a symphony of serene elegance. Feel the soft caress of petals against your skin, as if nature herself is gently embracing your hand, whispering ancient secrets and stories only the garden’s inhabitants have heard”. As you embark on this journey through my secret garden, I invite you to embrace the beauty that surrounds us, to reconnect with the world that often goes unnoticed […]
Sophia Vari Pentozani, 2022 White resin and yellow gold ring 3.5 x 7 cm edition of 6 plus 2 AP signed and numbered Pentozani, or Pentozalis, is a gravity-bending traditional dance from the Greek island of Crete, where traditional ways of life still hold strong in many areas of the island. The dance’s name is steeped in symbolism. Officially, it comes from the combination of the words five (penti) and step (zalos, Cretan dialect for step), therefore the dance can be translated as “five steps.” Additionally, the word zali can also stand for “dizziness,” indicating a dance that would make dancers dizzy ; it also symbolises the fifth zeal (that is, the step), that stands for the fifth attempt of the Greeks to liberate themselves from the Ottoman Turks. Abstraction is refined to the hummed mantra of “Beauty and Harmony” where bold geometric forms are accentuated by colour coming from unconventional mediums. They are sculptures that become wearable with the force of a poetic statement.New materials such as amaranth wood and resin appeared in front of her by surprise. For this exhibition, Vari was looking for something distinctive and by chance, when looking at the different colours of wood, she discovered the beautiful exotic amaranth […]
Giampaolo Babetto Anello, 1983 18kt yellow gold ring h 1.7 x 3 cm unique and signed Giampaolo Babetto’s work reflects contemporary art movements such as concrete art, minimal art, kinetic or pop art in a unique, purist and plastic manner. His pieces are immediately recognisable by its simple design. He is inspired by the architecture of his homeland, by Palladio’s villas, and by the geometries in which he finds poetry. His jewellery is innovative in concept. Made up of different abstract elements, broken down into modular units, or rendered moveable through the use of ingenious links, Babetto’s works are like small architectural pieces or small sculptures. Babetto prefers working in gold due to its stable malleability and its warm sheen which he combines with unconventional materials such as plastic or glass, ebony, dusting the internal surface with a velvet-like pigment in luminous primary colours of reds or blues or using enamel and age-old niello-based techniques. These materials are used as highlights and contrasts in works of increasingly pure and essential geometrical forms that have come to characterise the Padua School.
Maria Sole Ferragamo Trame (Weaves, Plots), 2023 Gold-plated brass with white / black enamel bracelet 8 x 17.3 cm Unique Each piece created by Maria Sole Ferragamo, is more than just a beautifully crafted ornament; it embodies a tale of resilience and reimagined possibilities, which echos the principles of the Arte Povera movement and its main elements such as the humble use of primitive or everyday materials, sarcastic tone, and unconventional forms. The brass shavings here have their own history, once destined to be melted down into new brass, but now repurposed as Trucioli (shavings) to create intricate and captivating designs. In the world of ” Trame (Weaves, Plots)”, every brass shaving holds its own distinctive form, derived from the object from which it was discarded. When that particular object ceases production, its corresponding brass shaving, with its unique shape, will never be reproduced again. This inherent characteristic of each shaving adds an unparalleled sense of value and rarity to the collection. The essence of this project lies in the idea that true preciousness can be found in scarcity, drought. By harnessing the inherent beauty of each brass shaving and carefully crafting them into extraordinary pieces, Maria Sole has created […]
Sophia Vari Zervodexos, 2022 Amaranth wood and yellow gold ring 3.5 x 10cm edition of 6 plus 1 AP signed and numbered A joyful and comic dance, performed at festivals in the spring, Zervodexos got its name from the way the dancers move to the left (zerva) and the right (dexia). The changes in direction occur when the lyra-player produces a specific high note The new body of works are once again breath taking in strength and creativity. Abstraction is refined to the hummed mantra of “Beauty and Harmony” where bold geometric forms are accentuated by colour coming from unconventional mediums. They are sculptures that become wearable with the force of a poetic statement. New materials such as amaranth wood and resin appeared in front of her by surprise. Vari was looking for something distinctive and by chance, when looking at the different colours of wood, she discovered the beautiful exotic amaranth wood. What is special about this wood, is that it is green in colour and then in contact with the sun, it transforms and stabilises into pink/purple.This new colour naturally redefines certain forms that the artist perceives differently with the other woods previously used.
Sophia Vari Crios, 2023 Ebony and yellow gold necklace L 32 cm unique and signed Crios (Krios) is the Titan God of stars and constellations. The son of Ouranos (The Sky) and Gaia (The Earth), Crios’s name means ‘The Ram’ and is associated with the constellation of Aries. Sophia Vari’s “portable sculptures”, as she likes to call them, first became part of the artist’s body of work 30 years ago; at a time in her life when demanding international schedule kept her constantly on the move. While travelling, she carried with her a small box of plasticine, from which she would mould miniature sculptures. “From that day on, I had a new creative challenge that gave me a lot of joy because I could see the pieces being worn,” she recalls. Vari approaches wearable art in precisely the same manner and strength as her abstract sculptures, collages and paintings. Her thorough exploration of bold geometric forms, the examination of volume, painterly curves and lines result in the composition both peaceful and elegant but also captures a harmonious theatrical tension. “It is a real challenge for me, and it is very much like creating a sculpture, made to be worn. No doubt, the fact […]
Sissi Daniela Olivieri Nidi Olimpici (Olympic Nests), 2023 18kt yellow gold thread, South sea pearls earrings L 8.5 x 7.5 cm unique and signed With an artistic focus of anatomical study in relations to environmental elements, Sissi brings forth new ways to interpret wearable art, as the pieces transform into a second skin of light and gold for the wearer. For her wearable art pieces, Sissi interlaces the symbolism of the bird’s nest with the anatomy of the human body. The artist’s creations are hand-made and embellished, yet delicate like her sculptures. 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 to be personally involved with the production of her wearable art pieces. Nests, Cocoons and Olympic Nests draw its symbolism from natural nests which provide a safe place. “The nest is not only the home of the body, but also a space that dresses and protects like the Cocoons wearable sculptures, cocoon-nests that enfold a content. The chrysalis represents both the rest of the being and its momentum, a continuous rebirth extended to the nature of coral. […]
Pol Bury Spheres on both sides of a square, 1968 18kt yellow gold bracelet stamped GEM 750 H 73 cm Edition of 50 Signed and numbered Pol Bury dedicates himself to rethinking ‘ornament’ with his own creativity examining metal and movement as he did on large scale sculptures. Even though it was a personal game, working on small sculptures to wear was an extension of his creativity. For the artist it was important how the jewellery felt against the body and to give equal importance to both views of the piece, as shown in the Spheres on Both Sides of a Square bracelet, where yellow gold spheres of equivalent size are mounted on both sides. This rare 18kt yellow bracelet was produced in 1968 with GEM Montebello in Milan and it is from an unfinished edition of 50 [only 25 have been made]. It is signed, dated, numbered, stamped GEM 750 and comes in its original box. At the age of 25, GianCarlo Montebello and his wife Teresa Pomodoro founded GEM Montebello in 1967 with the intent to propose to the public multiples and limited editions wearable ornaments made by international renowned artists like Man Ray, Lucio Fontana, Sonia Delaunay, Jesús […]