19 October 2017

15 artists’ jewelry creations

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.

  • Jeff Koons - Platinum necklace made for Stella McCartney, on display at the “Medusa” exhibition

  • Ron Arad - Earrings made of polyamide and laser-fritted platinum - 2003

  • Anish Kapoor x Bulgari - Gold

  • Allen Jones at the Louisa Guinness Gallery - Gold and silver pendant - 2017

  • Keith Haring at the Louisa Guinness Gallery - “Golden Baby” brooch - 1989

  • Ben - Bracelets

  • César - Jewelry compression

  • Anjelica Huston, in 1976, wears a necklace made by Calder in 1940 © Evelyn Hofer / The Calder Foundation

  • Claude Lévêque at the miniMASTERPIECE Gallery - Gold necklace - 2014

  • Man Ray - Gold earrings on display at the “Medusa” exhibition - 1970

  • Sophia Vari at the miniMASTERPIECE Gallery - Silver bracelet - 2012

  • Fred x Arman - Ring made of gold, amourette wood and diamonds

  • Louise Bourgeois - “Spiders” brooches - 2006

  • Miguel Berrocal at the Pierre-Alain Challier Gallery - “Micro-David” articulated pendant-ring made of bronze and chrome-plated metal

  • Ron Arad at the Louisa Guinness Gallery

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