IRIS PETAL EARRINGS BY LUZ CAMINO: A GRACEFUL REMINDER THAT BEAUTY IS EVERYWHERE

THE VISIONARY JEWELRY DESIGNER INVITES US TO MARVEL AT EVERY STAGE OF THE CIRCLE OF LIFE

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Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.

Audrey Hepburn

The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

 

The one-of-a-kind Green and Purple Iris Petal Earrings in plique-à-jour enamel, green apatite or amethyst, diamonds, platinum, silver and gold, were carefully handmade in Spain, where the sweltering sun gives birth, tenderly nurtures and ruthlessly burns the finest flowers.

The designer of this piece of art is Luz Camino, a Madrid-based Spanish jewelry designer. She’s an amazing lady, radiating warmth, sophistication and soft luminescence. Her very name, translated from Spanish, means ‘light’.

Sensitive and emotional, putting an incredible portion of love and creativity into her work, Luz scoops up from nature all the inspiration she can find. In fact, her pieces are Nature itself, transformed into wearable art through powerful imagination, virtuosic use of gems, precious metals and unconventional materials, innovative techniques and a jeweler’s skills pushed to extremes.

In her designs, Luz employs anything and everything – from luxury stones to tin cans – to elevate the essence and beauty of ordinary objects above the humdrum of everyday existence.

The story behind the Iris Petal Earrings extends far beneath the surface of visible beauty. The idea came to Luz on her way to a meeting when, through a taxi window, she saw a withering iris dropping its petals on the street of Madrid. In its fading, she saw the charm and inspiration to create these delicate earpieces.

The technically challenging and time-consuming art of plique-à-jour enameling infuses the earrings with flickering, vibrant, natural colors. The apatite or amethyst drops are removable, so you can wear them with or without the stone. The green or purple petal gently climbs up your ear, adorning it with a fragile, ephemeral allure, sealed in gems and metals to last many human lifetimes.

 

SUNBEAMS AND SPIKES IN YELLOW SAPPHIRE EARRINGS BY HEMMERLE

THERE IS NO END TO EXUBERANT SURPRISES CREATED BY THE 128 YEAR-OLD JEWELRY HOUSE  

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Hemmerle’s earrings in spectacular yellow sapphires, zircons, diamonds and bronze bring sunshine back to a world which occasionally lacks certainty, warmth and stability.  

The solid shapes, the substantial weight of precious stones, the strong and magnetic yellow hues surrounded by tiny spikes, act as a metaphor for the magnificent celestial body, breathing out its rays of burning-hot energy, or an exotic, temperamental plant, threatening to prick you if you are not sufficiently cautious: look but do not touch!  

With this unique creation, Hemmerle, a fourth-generation jewelry house founded in 1893, once again demonstrates dedication to exceptional craftsmanship, unrivalled quality and combinations of innovative materials.  

A burst of vivacious and expressive energy for cloudy and sunny days alike. Look, touch, experience and enjoy!

PANTHÈRE DE CARTIER: A LUXURIOUS BEAST OF PREY TO ADORN YOUR WRIST

CARTIER REKINDLES THE MAISON’S ALL-TIME FAVORITE, GRACEFUL PREDATOR

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In smooth yellow or pink gold with onyx and tsavorite garnets, or with white diamond pavé, onyx and emerald as the magnificent beast’s nose and eyes, these new panther bracelets by Cartier draw on the history of the renowned French jewelry and watch house’s legendary emblem.

Debuting back in 1914 in the form of a wristwatch, the panther became an enduring symbol in the bestiary of the Maison, and has not stopped evolving ever since.

“La Panthère” was the nickname of Parisian style icon Jeanne Toussaint, lover and muse to Louis Cartier and Artistic Director of High Jewelry at the Maison from 1933 to 1970. At that time, a woman holding such a high position was mind-blowing. Known for her ferocious and opinionated temperament, intelligence, extreme femininity and elegance, Jeanne Toussaint was the human embodiment of the strong-willed, svelte animal.

The Cartier panther of today acquires the shape of a curved, flexible gold bangle, remarkable for its clean and supple design, where pure, flowing shapes find perfect balance with modern luxury.

A playful and dangerous animal to elegantly purr on your wrist.

BRIGHT, FEMININE AND DELICATELY MACABRE: A DEBUT BY SAMUEL FRANÇOIS

TEARY EYES, SCULLS, BONES AND FLOWERS IN A COLLECTION OF MODERN AND ECLECTIC JEWELRY

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Bocca Della Verità Necklace, Sad Sagittarius Earrings, Blue Sorrow Bracelet – the names of these pieces by Samuel François, a Paris-based fashion director of the international fashion magazine Numéro, who has recently presented his very own jewelry collection – speak for themselves.

They sound ominous, melancholic, even sinister. But don’t let them deceive you into thinking that this collection is dark and sad. It is anything but!

Stylistically somewhat reminiscent of Codognato – one the most influential Venetian artists in the history of modern jewelry – it strikes the eye as fresh and individual, with a feminine, light and surrealist twist. Most of these bold pieces are implemented in gold-plated brass and enamel. Each piece is handmade, hence absolutely unique and one-of-a-kind.

 

A self-taught jewelry designer, Samuel sculpts from wax the models for his pieces, and then works closely with the jewelers who cast them in metal and then enamel them.   Today, when skulls, skeletons and other macabre images on t-shirts, shoes and dresses are no longer considered taboo, these visual metaphors for the fragility and transience of life find new meaning in his extravagant and lavish, esoteric and surrealistic creations, spiced up with a dose of zesty humor.

The collection was inspired by Naples, renown for the cult of devotion to skulls which were believed to grant people’s wishes, and – as Samuel points out – by a very particular spot in the city: a bohemian, chic, little hotel, the Albergo del Purgatorio, which looks and feels like a boutique art gallery.   I

n Samuel’s vision, eerie motives are rendered in bright, cheerful colors, balancing jolly eclecticism with refined kitschiness and a bit of magic.

The collection is now available for admiration and purchase at Moda Operandi.

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