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29 October 2018

African hoop earrings

When it comes to hoop earrings – a cult jewel of the 1980s – don’t miss those that feature the African continent. Light and oversized, they were created by Rokus London’s creator, Marie-Paule Tano in collaboration with Cameroonian-born designer Iman Ayssi. Since 2013, Marie-Paule Tano has made a name for herself with her contemporary reinterpretations of Fulani, Akan and Tuareg jewelry.

In silver €220 or gold plated €250 from 20 November 2018 on lago54.com

When it comes to hoop earrings – a cult jewel of the 1980s – don't miss those that feature the African continent. Light and oversized, they were created by Rokus...

17 October 2018

The age of plant jewelry

Plant jewelry, like hymn to nature and the ephemeral side of beauty. Designers are now replacing rubies, diamonds, sapphires and precious stones in general with real plants and flowers. The Spanish collective Keef Palas has created dangling earrings with everlasting flowers, wheat ears or oat spikelets. Meanwhile the brand D’Heygere, a past mistress in subverting objects, has dreamed up large hoop earrings into which you can slip a leaf, a flower. The accessory accessorised. 

Plant jewelry, like hymn to nature and the ephemeral side of beauty. Designers are now replacing rubies, diamonds, sapphires and precious stones in general with...

08 October 2018

A week's worth of rings by Marc Deloche

Marc Deloche‘s latest collection includes seven rings inspired by the Greco-Roman divinities presiding over each week day. Tuesday’s ring, ruled by Mars, the god of war, is shaped like a fortress with a tower surmounted by diamonds. Thursday’s, a Byzantine cross, symbolizes the powers of Jupiter. Meanwhile Sunday, named for the day star, has a yellow gold ring sporting a sapphire of over 2.5 carats surrounded by numerous spikes rather like wheat ears. Carpe Diem.

 

www.marcdeloche.com

 

Photomontage © Sandrine Merle

Marc Deloche's latest collection includes seven rings inspired by the Greco-Roman divinities presiding over each week day. Tuesday's ring, ruled by Mars, the god of...

14 September 2018

Astier de Villatte's cup rings

Sculptor Serena Carone was clearly meant to meet the Astier de Villatte duo, specialists in white ceramic tableware. The same sense of poetry; the same love for detail and second-hand, forgotten or cast-off objects. Serena Carone has dreamed up ten cups, replacing the usual handle with a snake ring, bishop’s rings, and others decorated with an eye motif or a wealth of precious stones, like a maharajah’s.  It just takes a nice cup of tea to get a ring on your finger…

€165 per cup

Sculptor Serena Carone was clearly meant to meet the Astier de Villatte duo, specialists in white ceramic tableware. The same sense of poetry; the same love for...

28 August 2018

Art nouveau jewelry in the "Alphonse Mucha" exhibition

Rather unexpectedly, jewelry features large in the “Alphonse Mucha” exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg. In his posters, the celebrated Art Nouveau artist excelled in the design of astounding bib necklaces in gems and pearls, diadems with allegorical details and flowery crowns setting off luxuriant, wavy hair. The gold and opal chain on show reminds us that some of his magnificent pieces were given shape by the jeweler Georges Fouquet for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. Sarah Bernhardt was one of the most famous champions of Mucha.

“Alphonse Mucha” – From 12 September 2018 to 27 January 2019 at the Musée du Luxembourg

 

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06 August 2018

"Bead art in Africa" at the Rietberg Museum in Zürich

This exhibition “Bead art in Africa” at the Rietberg Museum showcases a magnificent new collection of African bead-based art. Both the older and the more recent jewelry reveals the extraordinary creativity of southern, eastern and western Africa. We discover that beads are much more than commodities or a currency of exchange: they convey complex messages about the age, sex and identity of those who wear them. Produced in Europe for the African market from the 17th century onwards, they can be seen as one of the first symbols of globalization.

“Bead art in Africa – The Mottas Collection” from 7th June to 21st October 2018

This exhibition "Bead art in Africa" at the Rietberg Museum showcases a magnificent new collection of African bead-based art. Both the older and the more recent...

24 July 2018

Burma and its "Art deco" collection

Given that the maison Burma first came into being in 1927, it’s only natural that Alexandra Zarcate is inspired by Art deco. For her second collection, the brand’s new artistic director has delved into the archives rich in geometric pieces, earrings, chokers and cuffs – large bracelets worn higher up the arm. All these jewelry pieces are made of burmalite, Burma‘s specialty synthetic stone, and so are affordably priced between 850 and 4,900 euros.

Given that the maison Burma first came into being in 1927, it's only natural that Alexandra Zarcate is inspired by Art deco. For her second collection, the...

17 July 2018

"Wild Pop": Bulgari's high jewelry collection

Roma. The Italian jeweler Bulgari has created a Warholian ambience to present “Wild Pop”, its new high jewelry collection, which revives its exuberant style of the Seventies and Eighties.

Roma. The Italian jeweler Bulgari has created a Warholian ambience to present "Wild Pop", its new high jewelry collection, which revives its exuberant style of the...

17 July 2018

High jewelry echoes haute couture

High jewelry features a wealth of references to haute couture, one of its cult themes. Chopard and David presented some jewelry pieces at Giambattista Valli and Ralph and Russo runway shows. There are variations on trimmings and pompoms. Lace, a metaphor for femininity, is still an essential exercise of style, as its extreme delicacy and transparency have to be reproduced with the most unyielding of materials: gold and diamonds. Nothing shows off the skills of engravers, gem-setters and polishers more effectively.

High jewelry features a wealth of references to haute couture, one of its cult themes. Chopard and David presented some jewelry pieces at Giambattista Valli and Ralph...

17 July 2018

High jewelry : the majestic emerald

The latest high jewelry collections put the spotlight squarely on the emerald, with its intense green shade and mossy-looking inclusions known as jardins (“gardens”). The stones come from Colombia, Zambia and Afghanistan. They are mounted in the center of a piece or assembled, often with sapphires, in spectacular necklaces. All of them give a hieratic beauty to jewelry.

The latest high jewelry collections put the spotlight squarely on the emerald, with its intense green shade and mossy-looking inclusions known as jardins ("gardens")....
  • Rokus London x Iman Ayssi - Hoops in gold plated

  • Rokus London x Iman Ayssi - Hoops in gold plated and silver

  • Rokus London x Iman Ayssi - Hoops in gold plated and silver

  • Stéphanie D'Heygère - "Triptych Holder" and "Canister" hoops

  • Keef Palas - Earrings "Ephemeral" collection in brass, silver, oat and wild wheat

  • Marc Deloche - Monday ring, day of the Moon, in palladium gold, 27.06 carat beryl and diamonds

  • Marc Deloche - For Tuesdays, ring of Mars in pink gold, 4.18 carat rubellite and diamonds

  • Marc Deloche - Ring for Wenesday governed by Mercury, in bicolor gold and two chrysoprases

  • Marc Deloche - The Thursday ring holds the attributs of Jupiter in gold, Ethiopian opal at the center, chalcedonies and yellow sapphires

  • Marc Deloche - Ring for Friday dedicated to Venus in gold, sapphires, raspberry tourmalines, apatites

  • Marc Deloche - Ring for Saturday governed by Saturn in gold and lacquer

  • Marc Deloche - Ring for Sunday dedicated to the Sun in gold and a 2.65 carat sapphire at the center

  • Astier de Villatte - Cup rings in white ceramic

  • Astier de Villatte - Cup rings in white ceramic

  • Alfons Mucha - Chain and pendants done by Georges Fouquet - Gold, enamel, water pearls, mother-of-pearl and gemstones, 1900 - Mucha foundation, Prague © Mucha trust 2018

  • Alfons Mucha - Le Zodiaque, lithography, 1896 - Mucha Foundation, Prague © Mucha Trust 2018

  • Alfons Mucha - Sarah Bernhardt, full portrait , study circa 1897 - Mucha foundation, Prague © Mucha trust 2018

  • Alfons Mucha - Rêverie, 1897 / Salon des Cent : exposition de l'oeuvre de Mucha, 1897 - Mucha Foundation, Prague © Mucha Trust 2018

  • Alfons Mucha - Study for the poster of the 6th Sokol's festival, 1911 / Médée, 1898 - Mucha Foundation © Mucha Trust 2018

  • Alfons Mucha - Drawing for the Georges Fouquet shop in Paris, 1900 - Mucha Foundation © Mucha Trust 2018

  • Alfons Mucha exhibition poster

  • Entrance of the Rietberg Museum, a glass pavilion called Emeraude

  • The fashion designer Laduma Ngxokolo drew inspiration from the Xhosa people bead work

  • Hermmann sample card of beads - 1942

  • Twin figure decorated with beaded cloaks, 19th-20th century - Nigeria

  • Burma - Cuff-bracelet in rhodium silver and Burmalite™ - € 3,200

  • Alexandra Zarcate, Burma's artistic director

  • Burma - Cuff-bracelet in rhodium silver and Burmalite™ - € 2,750

  • In the Burma's archives

  • Burma - Choker in rhodium silver, silver gilt and Burmalite™ - € 3,900

  • Burma - Ring in rhodium silver and Burmalite™ - € 1,450

  • Burma - Cuff-bracelet in rhodium silver and Burmalite™ - € 3,750

  • Burma - Earrings in rhodium silver, silver gilt and Burmalite™ - € 1,350 et € 1,250

  • Burma - Choker in rhodium silver and Burmalite™ - € 4,900

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