Experience the excitement of jewelry
15 November 2017
Earrings are my favorite piece of jewelry. Not studs though, those little motifs stuck on the ear lobe, but soft and mobile pendants that appear incredibly light. Like Irene Neuwirth’s hoops trimmed with pink opals, Belmacz’s long articulated rods in semi-precious stones, Dorette’s poissardes, or even Gabriella Kiss’s tiny sailing ships that enliven and capture the light’s fleeting glow. Precious suspended pieces only for the most daring.
08 November 2017
Cats, lions, hummingbirds and rabbits – the nine Van Cleef & Arpels clips form a menagerie of whimsical animals that whisk us back to our childhood and are brimming with humour. Drawn and coloured with solid splashes of hard stone, lapis lazuli, malachite and tiger’s eye, suggestive of fur, etc., they continue the tradition of the boutique collection born in the 1950s.
31 October 2017
The Millon House is breaking up a collection of oriental pieces including a beautiful Moroccan necklace from the early nineteenth century worn by the bride. For its part, Christie’s offers an exceptional collection of Art Nouveau and Art Deco pieces by René Lalique, Raymond Templier or Georges Fouquet. The sale of Mallié-Arcelin’s study is a tribute to the royal provenance of these bracelets adorned with miniature portraits of the last King of France and his family. The Sotheby’s and Christie’s sales in Geneva should make the event … One with the “Donnersmarck”, two daffodil diamonds of more than 102 and 82 carats, which belonged to the countess of the same name who was also a famous 19th century courtesan, the Païva. The other with the “Grand Mazarin”, a pink diamond of 19 carats. Firstly belonging to the Cardinal Mazarin, it then passed through the collections of four kings, four queens, two emperors and two empresses. It hasn’t reappeared for sale since the theft of the crown jewels in 1792. Records in perspective.
19 October 2017
Riding high on the success of contemporary art, artists’ jewelry creations have the wind in their sails. From Ron Arad and Louise Bourgeois to Arman, Cocteau or Ben, many artists have explored this area since the inter-war period. Most are miniaturisations of their works, like the sculptures of Miguel Berrocal, the earrings by Man Ray worn by Catherine Deneuve in 1968, or Jeff Koons’ ‘Rabbit’ charm for Stella McCartney. But artists’ jewelry is not just about a change of scale – it also gives artists a chance to experiment with materials and techniques, and to step off the beaten track in search of the humorous and the sentimental.
09 October 2017
Esther de Beaucé, editor of artists’ jewelry, is for the first time holding a solo exhibition of works by Jacqueline de Jong, a Dutch painter who had affiliations with the COBRA movement. “I love the power and poetry of her sculptural jewelry,” says the gallery owner, “As they speak of the slow rhythm of nature and randomness”. Strange and unique, each “Pomme de Jong” is made by the artist from potatoes grown in her garden, which are then left to dry out for several years, the time necessary for the long intertwining sprouts to grow. Arranged and sculpted, plunged into a double bath of copper then gold or platinum, they transform themselves into jewelry pieces that cling to a jacket lapel, or wrap around the neck or wrist. Creepy, fascinating and somewhat erotic.
You Say Potato exhibition until November 10th 2017 at the miniMASTERPIECE gallery.
Jacqueline de Jong’s paintings are exhibited at the Air de Paris gallery – 32, rue Louise Weiss – 75013 Paris.
04 October 2017
According to Frost & Sullivan, global production of synthetic diamonds is expected to increase to 2 million by 2018 and 20 million by 2026. In 2015, it was only 360,000.
(Thanks to Stéphane Wulwik, distributor and founder of Innocent Stone.)
22 September 2017
“In 2014, I wanted to work on couture jewelry, like Gabrielle Chanel‘s seashells,” says Ligia Dias. Through an association of ideas, the designer (who has worked alongside Nicolas Ghesquière, Jonathan Anderson and Rei Kawakubo of “Comme des Garçons”) thought of Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers’ mussels – and then chips. The result was this gilt brass jewelry set, “half-figurative, half-abstract, because the rectangular chips remind me of a César compression”. The latest pieces in this collection, which are collectors’ items, are on sale at the bookstore of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris during the “Medusa” exhibition.
19 September 2017
A necklace by this young British designer recently entered one of the world’s most glittering collections: the London museum’s jewellery gallery. This contains some 3,500 pieces dating from the Middle Ages to the present day, including diamonds worn by Catherine the Great of Russia, the emeralds of Joséphine de Beauharnais, Lady Mountbatten’s “Tutti Frutti” bandeau and a 17th century Norwegian bridal crown. The V&A only accepts jewellery of the first water, clearly! It has to represent a particular style, period or technical feat – like this piece, consisting of stems and flowers cut from thin gold leaf linked with filaments, also in gold. It then takes on an aura with a wholly different dimension, as part of the panorama of history.
14 September 2017
Should we invest in diamonds? How much a carat is a VVS1 according to Rapaport today? Forget all these annoying questions by buying the American brand Stubbs & Wootton with their humorous and offbeat take on a diamond embroidered on these black velvet slippers.
06 September 2017
The Place Vendôme companies have abandoned the proceedings for the second year running – to the delight of various art gallery owners and dealers, who viewed their success and the phenomenal attention drawn by their lavish stands with a jaundiced eye. Some lesser-known independent foreigners have now filled the gap: Boghossian, Moussaieff and India’s Nirav Modi, all former dealers in diamonds or precious stones, and the designers Anna Hu from Taiwan and the UK’s Glenn Spiro. Will French jewelers be returning next year, as the Biennale hopes? Watch this space…
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