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01 July 2020
What a pleasure it is to discover Monica Rossi’s jewelry at WhiteBird! I met this Italian designer in the early 2000s when she had a boutique in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Her 19-carat gold, of an infinitely subtle color, is shaped like old lace. Her necklaces are inspired by rosaries. Monica Rossi hunts down miniature elements and has others (like her crocheted bears) made by Italian artisans. She then assembles them into “story necklaces”. Her leitmotif: the engraved secret message placed inside a medallion, a ring or rolled gold leaf. Pure poetry.
09 June 2020
These 19th century encyclopedic plates were hunted out by Marin Montagut, who then painted jaspers, agates, amethysts, etc. in watercolor. They have found an ideal showcase in the brand new Parisian shop of this iconoclastic creator. Video director, movie set designer, illustrator, and travel guide designer, Marin Montagut has created a dreamlike and joyful universe reminiscent of a cabinet of curiosities: scarves with motifs recalling the districts of Paris, cardboard treasure boxes painted by him, collections of antique glassware or bells, etc.
25 May 2020
Dutch designer Sheila Westera breaks away from the traditional claw settings and machine-tooled mounts. In her workshop in the Swiss Alps, she makes her mounts by hand using gold or silver wire that seems to have no end. It slips around the finger and holds the stone like a fine brightly colored ribbon around a packaged gift. It winds itself interminably around raw amethyst crystal, pyrite, lapis lazuli or upcycled objects. Through their total harmony with these elements, her mounts resemble metallic threads of light.
18 May 2020
The new “Mademoiselle Privé de Chanel” watch collection consists of 7 cuffs fastened by a button. It is decorated with a sculpted agate representing the portrait of Gabrielle Chanel, a gold lion’s head, a Byzantine diamond motif or a pearl. The button has always been an essential element in the designer’s vocabulary, omnipresent on tweed jackets, and found at regular intervals on the bottom sleeves and on patch pockets. On these black tweed cuffs with gold or diamond threads, its main function is to conceal a mini dial. Objects of beauty.
13 May 2020
On March 7, I attended a book signing for my children’s book “Coiffes et Parures” (Headdresses and Finery) at Mellerio’s, one of whose turquoise naturalist tiaras features on page 12. The jeweler, which recently celebrated its 400th birthday, excels in the art of this jewel and has created hundreds of pieces for empresses, queens and princesses from Europe’s royal families. On a highly enjoyable sunny afternoon, our young guests colored tiaras and created them in paper, rhinestones and feathers. Mellerio and TFJP also invited them to wear a real diamond tiara, the “Monte Rosa”. A unique experience immortalized by photographer Laetitia Le Gouvello.
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09 April 2020
Wallpaper has initiated a collaboration between Alexandra Jefford, a Swiss designer based in London, and the English firm Smythson, which specializes in leather. Her idea: using links of color, to make 6 knots belonging to different civilizations. We find a Celtic knot, the knot adorning the handle of a samurai sword, a quipu which, in the absence of writing, was used by the Incas as a unit of account, or an Isis knot as seen in the tomb of Tutankhamun. Alexandra Jefford is skilled at creating deconstructed blends based on geometric shapes and materials, and integrates them ingeniously with her gold rings.
06 April 2020
Like fashion designers before them, jewelers are developing whole creative worlds. Foundrae’s designer, Beth Bugdaycay, has dreamed up blown glass objects to match her medals and talismanic rings covered with symbols, lucky numbers and so on. In the same spirit, her blown-glass glasses, shakers and carafes come in colours representing every element of nature and are engraved with astrological signs. The rabbit represents love, the lion represents strength, the horse represents courage, and so on. Cheers!
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28 March 2020
In Ukraine, a collective of stylists and photographers called Treti Pivni (Third Rooster) produces portraits of women wearing the traditional headdress known as the vinok. Formerly reserved for young girls at weddings or popular festivals, it was composed of twelve varieties of flowers held together by ribbons cut to the length of the braids. In a more striking and fashionable incarnation, it’s now finding a new young audience and is perfectly in tune with the wave of patriotism that has been sweeping Ukraine since the 2014 Revolution.
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12 March 2020
Orit Elhanati’s style is the result of a double heritage, Danish on her mother’s side and Israeli on her father’s. It also stands out for its very beautiful work with her favorite material, yellow recycled gold. “I’ve always hated polishing,” says Elhanati. In her Copenhagen workshop, she plays tirelessly with the material, torturing, hammering, denting it. She evokes the oriental jewelry of her paternal grandmother, the textures of the Sinai mountains and the patinated coins found in the alleyways of Jerusalem. A few stones, opals, malachite, subtly illuminate this beautifully intricate work.
10 February 2020
Maiko Takeda concentrates mainly on head adornments. Whether with masks, halos or visors, this Japanese designer based in London makes them out of feathers laser-cut from plastic film or acrylic. The color gradations accentuate the transparency, and the play of light and shadow. These head ornaments oscillate between the dandelion flower that disappears in the slightest breeze and the helmet bristling with nerve endings intended for some neuroscientific experiment. Maiko Takeda is passionate about science and loves the minimal, repetitive, obsessive music of Philip Glass.
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