01 December 2016
“Color is a false friend, it doesn’t help to recognize a stone,” explains Didier Nectoux, “quartz may, for example, be purple, yellow or black.” Based on this observation, the director of the Musée de Minéralogie at ParisTech, who sites his own color blindness, offers introductory sessions to gemstones for the blind where they can scratch gypsum and quartz or listen to the sound of a drop of acid on calcite. An excellent initiative!
Jewelry designer Alexandra Jefford created a series of gold rings with crafted knots of colored Smythson leather.
Like fashion designers before them, jewelers are developing whole creative worlds. Foundrae’s designer, Beth Bugdaycay, has dreamed up blown glass objects...
In a more striking incarnation, the Ukrainian vinok is now finding a new young audience and is perfectly in tune with the wave of patriotism.
In her Copenhagen workshop, Orit Elhanati plays tirelessly with the yellow gold, torturing, hammering, denting it.
Maiko Takeda concentrates mainly on head adornments inspired by science, mathematics and the repetitive, obsessive music of Philip Glass.
In 2019, after several years of stagnation, the price of an ounce of gold soared by 20%. And there seems to be no end in sight…