Experience the excitement of jewelry
22 January 2023
In their latest collection entitled “Venus Comb, Murex Shell” Botter, the Dutch creative duo made up of Lisi Herrebrugh and Rushemy Botter have turned colorful little cars into jewelry. Necklaces and rings adorn unstructured suits, lagoon-blue undershirts and striped rugby jerseys. Always on the look-out for hidden meaning, Botter’s style aficionados will search for significance in this departure from the norm, as the designers from the island of Curacao have until now always produced protest collections railing against climate threats. Regressive and playful, these toy jewels are also reminiscent of the pretty necklaces made from fishing hooks by the duo in 2021. Why not try to make some yourself, while you’re at it?
09 January 2023
Over the past 10 years, most designers and jewelers have opted for responsible gold. Some defend mined gold, extracted by local communities which have adopted respectful practices, and bearing labels such as Fairmined, Fairtrade, SMO (Single Mine Origin) for larger-scaled mines, etc. Others advocate recycled gold, metal that’s already been used in jewelry, electronics, ingots, etc. A third approach is to mix the two.
Who’s using what? Recycled or/and mined gold ? In this issue we offer a non-exhaustive overview of pieces heralding these new jewelry values.
Patrick Schein, the voice of responsibly mined gold
5 things you need to know about the impact of gold mining on nature
18 November 2022
The emblematic jewel (my favorite) by Lebanese designer Noor Fares is her pair of “Fly Me to the Moon” earrings. She has already created versions of these delicate, airy, contemporary wings in turquoise, agate, jade, lapis, etc. Not forgetting those tye-and-dye marvels. With her new e-shop entirely dedicated to “Fly Me to the Moon” earrings, you can now also customize them. You can choose them in pairs or individually. The frame is available in gold (including 9 carats), colored or not, paved or not. Meanwhile, the wings are currently available in tiger eye, malachite, rainbow printed bamboo, etc. Hours of fun!
01 November 2022
Almost two centuries on, four industry insiders (including Marie Berthelon CEO and Sandrine de Laage, Artistic Director) are reviving Léon Rouvenat, who made his mark on jewelry during the Second Empire (cf “The mysterious disappearance of Rouvenat”). Based on two fundamental motifs drawn from the archives (the rosette and the tassel finished to a point), the positive values initiated by Léon Rouvenat are modernized. The twenty-first-century Rouvenat now uses only already extracted gold and precious stones. The emphasis is on digital technology and customization thanks to an exclusive, user-friendly configurator: in the e-shop, customers create their own jewelry by choosing their stone, chain, gold finish, etc. And at each step, you can preview the result. Rouvenat also integrates the blockchain to secure each piece of jewelry. See you from 15 November at “416” (rue Saint Honoré) – a venue with a large glass roof, reminiscent of Leon Rouvenat’s original jewelry factory.
28 October 2022
During the conference organized by the jeweler L’Or du Monde (pioneers in the use of recycled gold), the Systext association painted an apocalyptic picture of gold extraction. The World Gold Council (the leading official body in the sector) estimates that 205,000 tons of the precious metal have been mined from ancient times until now. Systext said these 205,000 tons would fit into a cube measuring only 22 meters on each side! Recycled, this gold would more than meet the needs of the various industries. Remember that jewelry still uses 55% of the gold mined each year, with 25% being reserved for investments and 12% for central bank reserves. Jewelry also uses 17% of the silver and 22% of the platinum mined.
Image @ Systext
15 October 2022
“Les Métiers d’Art” unites the twenty-two art houses and factories bought by Chanel since 1995. Two of them have pooled their expertise: Barrie, famous for its cashmere, and Goossens, known for its antique-style golden couture jewelry. The Goossens medal, stamped with the 12 signs of the zodiac, lies at the center of this ” exchange of signatures”. In the first part of the collection it remains unchanged: only the signs of the zodiac are replaced by Barrie’s signature signs of the thistle, bandana, rose and lion. In the second part, the medal is transformed into a cashmere motif, situated at chest-level on a sleeveless sweater or a pointed scarf. The same pattern is repeated across entire sweaters, waistcoats and miniskirts. A daring move – one that deserves a medal?
25 September 2022
Unlike other great figures in the history of jewelry, Cardinal Mazarin has not hitherto been honoured by brands. Yet it was he, so they say, who passed on his passion for diamonds to Louis XIV, bequeathing him the 18 extraordinary specimens in his collection. Today, Louise de Rothschild and Keagan Ramsamy, two gemology enthusiasts, have given his name to their shiny new recycled gold and synthetic diamond brand. But apart from the use of diamonds, there’s no other real reference to Mazarin – the inspiration is contemporary. They showcase an ultra-realistic elephant, seen from the front, on a yellow or white gold cuff. The stylized version represents a brushed gold tusk that wraps around the wrist or finger. This abstract piece is my favorite.
02 September 2022
The app wasn’t always flooded with ads to the point of nauseating its users, as explained in the fascinating recent Arte documentary Instagram: the vanity fair. In April 2012, when Mark Zuckerberg bought Instagram for $1 billion, it had 25 million users and no ads. It still wasn’t turning a profit – in fact it was losing money! Eighteen months later, the day the app passed the 150-million user mark, Mark Zuckerberg imposed advertising to make his purchase profitable. At first, there was only one advertiser and one ad per day! The first to go for it, in November 2013, was Michael Kors promoting a lady’s watch. The brand’s account then gained nearly 34,000 followers in 18 hours. The rest is history…
21 August 2022
The Balmain fashion house launched its first jewelry collection during the last Paris Jewelry Week. Unsurprisingly, it covered a wide range of prices (from €1 500 to around €30 000) and followed the company’s traditional look. This first opus in yellow gold features the maze symbol dear to Pierre Balmain along with the Balmain coat of arms, formed by a crown and two lions framing a rectangular emerald. The precious mesh, worked in gold and onyx, is reminiscent of the Fabergé egg – a strong source of inspiration for Olivier Rousteing. While Rousteing of course oversees the creation of the jewelry, the company also relies on the expertise of Adorisa. This brand new group, founded by two seasoned professionals (François Delage formerly of De Beers and Albert Ben Soussan who worked at Louis Vuitton jewelry), supports brands wishing to enter this segment – a sector that’s more buoyant and competitive than ever.
01 August 2022
For the 50th anniversary of the legendary R5, of which 5 million were sold between 1972 and 1984, Renault is publishing a unique model in collaboration with interior designer Pierre Gonalons. The Frenchman is fascinated by the world of high jewelry, which inspires much of his work: “Take for example the Bouquet chair formed by an assembly of metal branches reminiscent of a jewel from the 1940s, or the 70s-style sofas with brushed golden brass details”, he explains. For its part, the hi-tech electric R5 Diamant comes in a shade of pink mixed with gold pigments and covered with a frosted varnish, resulting in a finish that’s almost like enamel. The headlights and lights are faceted like precious stones. The wheels are adorned with a golden “jewel” in the center, representing the sun, while the steering wheel and storage compartments are made of recycled marble. This unique model will be auctioned off at the end of the year.
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