05 June 2017

A wrench in the “Medusa” exhibition

“This pendant didn’t come about after a great deal of consideration, but from a simple find in 1975 among the shelves of the BHV store,” explains its creator Gilles Jonemann whose work is based on basic and ordinary materials. “I hung this pretty chrome-plated eleven-centimeter wrench, just one of many, on a leather lace. It became obvious when a client asked me to mount her diamond and seeing both on my workbench, I detected the clash of symbolic references between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat.” This jewelry piece, one of the first to emerge from the idea of altering an object’s meaning, won De Beers‘ “Diamonds International Awards” aimed at modernizing the use of diamonds. It is today considered a major piece in jewelry history.

Most popular articles

Artist jewelry, Mathias Kiss x Dangleterre

Together with Mathias Kiss, Ségolène Dangleterre has created three pieces of jewelry: square bronze rings, layered and shaped like a cornice. Photo ©...

Vhernier, games with chains

Vhernier, expert in chain work, has designed a link with a tiny slit. This makes it possible to join together two, ten, even a hundred links!

The big winners: vermeil, gold plating and gold-plated brass

In the “fantasy” category, brands offering vermeil, gold-plating and gold-plated brass are flying high. This is due to…

The lacquer boom

Opaque, smooth and shiny without sparkling: there’s nothing like lacquer to satisfy that crazy desire for color and optimism!

Tabayer: ultra-light gold

I was so surprised by the extreme lightness of this Tabayer bracelet – to the point of wondering if it was really gold at all.

Balmain SS22 fashion show: It’s all about the links

As the central element of this collection, links even become a garment in their own right when Roustaing turns them into an ultra-sexy top.