Fossil Twist Necklace

Fossil Twist Necklace

Sep
15

Liliane Lijn Fossil Twist Necklace, 2019 Electroformed silver and gold plate necklace 70cm long circa Edition of 8 Signed and numbered     Evocative of her visual abstractions and material manipulations, Lijn’s concept of the primal earth are finely tuned with the geological sciences. As humanity uncovers the remnants of past creatures,  the cycle of life and death are drawn into continuous momentum of renewal and vitality that Lijn echoes in her Fossil series. The way these necklaces engage so fittingly with the wearer evokes a very personal dialogue with Lijn’s motifs of the primal earth. In a very personal, meditative approach with these pieces, Lijn begins her pieces by moulding a clump of very hot wax to create these ornaments upon the necklace piece.  The high temperature, granted this malleable nature of the wax to manipulate the mass and resemble these earthen elements. As technology has allowed her to work with a diverse range of materials in her sculptural work; instead of cast metal, electro-forming was used to carefully reflect the same earthen surface texture reinforced into these necklace pieces. Fossil Twist Necklace is a testament to Lijn’s incredibly attention to materiality and form. In order to wear it we […]

Vortice II

May
12

John Moore Vortice II, 2020 Blackened silver, diamonds, silicone and magnets necklace Internal diameter 11.5 cm ; height 3 cm ; length 7.1 cm Unique and 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. […]

Nidi (Nests) Brooch & Pendant

Mar
27

Sissi Nidi ( Nests), 2019 18kt gold threads with rubies, sapphires, diamonds and emeralds brooch & pendant 9 x 9 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 draws its symbolism from natural nests which provide a safe place. Nests can be displayed as a sculpture when taken off, and becomes a sculptural work of wearable art that unites with the individual when worn.  

Superficie

Dec
13

Enrico Castellani Superficie, 2013 18kt yellow satin gold necklace 6.2 x 6.2 cm Edition of 12 Signed and numbered Since the late 1950’s Enrico Castellani’s work has been characterized by striking relief structures called Superficie. The jewellery project came to life in 2012/2013, using a hammer and a chisel, the artist has created bracelets and necklaces made in three different colours of gold. The geometrical patterns created in these jewels alternate positive and negative space and establish a strong interplay between light and shadow.

Profil

Dec
11

Jean Cocteau Profil, 1961/62 28kt gold brooch and pendant 5.7 x 4.7 cm; 29 grams edition of 50 ref. 1493   The wearable art collaboration between François Hugo and Jean Cocteau began in 1960 and brought to life an extraordinary collection of sculptural pieces which are based on Cocteau’s prolific collection of drawings. Together, they went on to create a total of 13 wearable art pieces, some in 23kt gold and others in 18kt gold, and often adorned with precious stones. Many of Cocteau’s designs are based on human beings 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. 

Taureau

Dec
11

Jean Cocteau Taureau, 1961/62 28kt gold pendant 11.6 x 7 cm; 56 grams edition of 50 ref. 1491   The wearable art collaboration between François Hugo and Jean Cocteau began in 1960 and brought to life an extraordinary collection of sculptural pieces which are based on Cocteau’s prolific collection of drawings. Together, they went on to create a total of 13 wearable art pieces, some in 23kt gold and others in 18kt gold, and often adorned with precious stones. Many of Cocteau’s designs are based on human beings 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.  Profil Necklaces / Pendants, Brooches 9 Taureau Necklaces / Pendants 13

Jacqueline au Chevalet

Dec
11

Pablo Picasso Jacqueline au Chevalet, 1956 23kt gold medallion 42 cm; 2684 grams edition of 20 plus 2 Artist’s proof ref. 1428   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 almost impossible to miss the fact 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 meant 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 iconic twentieth century artists and goldsmiths. When Picasso finally permitted the distribution of his medallions, only few outside of Picasso’s inner circle knew […]

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 necklaces

Nov
07

John Moore Vane Collection, 2018 Alu discs, brass, silicone, silver and magnets thin necklace 140 x 1.5 cm Colour options: red & black, yellow & black or blue & green Edition of 20 per colour The Vane collection takes its name and inspiration from the soft part of a blue and yellow parrot feather that John had in his studio. As he turned it slowly in his fingers he noticed how the colours appeared to change. He was mesmerised. It was a simple, optical effect caused by the colouration and structure of the fibres, which he then celebrated with this collection.  

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.