A MODERN TAKE ON OLD TRADITION: ANCIENT EGYPT BY SILVIA FURMANOVICH

THE LATEST HIGH JEWELRY COLLECTION ‘EGYPT’ BY AN INIMITABLE BRAZILIAN DESIGNER IS AT THE ABSOLUTE INTERSECTION OF OLD AND NEW

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To take something as ancient and profound as the history and artefacts of the millennia-old civilization and to present it in new light, suitable and wearable for our modern times, is not a task for the faint of heart.

This time, Silvia Furmanovich – a São Paulo designer who travels the world over in search of inspiration and unique places, diving into local cultures and meeting local craftspeople – drew her creative power from the very cradle of civilization.

In January, Silvia and her son Andrey spent a month exploring Egypt, its history, architecture, ancient monuments and relics, lush landscape, archaeological sites and remote villages, such as the Siwa Oasis – one of Egypt’s most isolated settlements, whose inhabitants have developed an unique desert culture and whose distinctive houses are built from karsheef (blocks of clay and salt).

In the markets of Cairo, she asked stone carvers to sculpt jewels from locally sourced gemstones: lapis lazuli, turquoise and jasper, envisaging their mesmerizing splendor in her future collection. In Luxor, which is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, she commissioned artisans to paint miniatures on stones, which were later set in the earrings.

Egypt has been an inspiration for jewelry artists for eons, and it remains their muse today.  “The meaning of jewelry was so important to ancient Egyptians; it was powerful, it was protection, and it was buried with them.”, said Silvia to Town & Country magazine. And she felt compelled to tell its story.

Up to the present day, Silvia Furmanovich, born in Brazil to a line of Italian goldsmiths, has been mastering, developing and searching for techniques and materials new and old, and this jewelry collection is the culmination of many years’ work and research.

Silvia creates her one-of-a-kind pieces through the alchemic combinations of daring designs, a passion for ancient, traditional and innovative craftsmanship, styles and materials, and her original interpretations of cultures. This year, she took the time and creative energy she needed to find, deconstruct and reconstruct the rich and mysterious ancient art, symbols, materials and meanings – and present them in a fresh light in her new Egyptian collection, a rich range of pieces: each uniquely different, all unparalleled, but, through Silvia’s creative genius, still part of one amazing artistic family.

A series of earrings within the collection have been inspired by the capitals of Egyptian columns, such as these Lotus Earrings in gold, diamonds and marquetry, which resemble the sacred lotus flower that blooms on many parts of Egyptian architecture. These pieces will appeal especially to strong, artistic personalities with an eye for timeless beauty.

TAKE IT SLOW AND SAVOR THE MOMENT WITH THE LEAVES COLLECTION BY CHARLOTTE LYNGGAARD

NATURE IS PERFECT, AS ARE CHARLOTTE’S METICULOUSLY CRAFTED CREATIONS

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Tiny crystals of the first October frost spread over rustling golden leaves and glimmer in the bright morning sun.  

Fresh, cool and zingy, the diamond-encrusted statement Leaves Earrings, Bracelet and Ring by Danish jewelry house Ole Lynggaard reveal the sculptural and naturalistic beauty of autumn’s elegant foliage.  

Ole Lynggaard is run by a creative and loving family who make sure that the brand’s values are always reflected in their designs. Solid branding, a delicate approach to detail, the highest standards of craftsmanship, appreciation of quality and the deeper meaning of both art and jewelry are passed from generation to generation: the people of this jewelry house stand by their brand and by their creations.  

Twelve years ago, Charlotte Lynggaard, Lead Designer and Creative Director of the house, created a tiara adorned with leaves and berries, reimagined in oxidized silver, white gold and diamonds. It was the beginning of the Leaves Collection with diamonds, set individually in the gold and silver leaves, ascending from small to big, and then back to small again, all the way around the rings, bangles and earrings: like dainty, ethereal crystals of frost or the trace of an ultralight raindrop.  

The satinized golden surface is processed by hand using an intricate engraving technique, producing an uncanny resemblance to the surface of a natural leaf. A trained goldsmith, Charlotte Lynggaard knows how precious metals respond to processing. More importantly, she knows that perfection takes time: this meticulous engraving takes a lot of work, but it yields fantastic results, responding to her sophisticated ideas and meeting her creative ambitions.  

Nature does not like to hurry: it takes many weeks for a leaf to grow from a tree bud and then mature. In tune with nature, Charlotte Lynggaard confesses that one cannot rush exquisite craftsmanship. 

Her patience and perfectionism are reflected in the meditative curves, texture and nuances of the Leaves Collection in which jewelry, design and nature become one.

ARCHITECTURE, LACE AND JEWELRY IN A DAZZLING EBLOUISSANTE SET BY CHANEL

IT’S ALL THERE: SLENDER, GOTHIC LINES, DELICATE, AIRY LACING AND EXCEPTIONAL PRECIOUS STONES

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Architectural and delicate, modern and ethnic, the Eblouissante set of high jewelry from the Escale à Venise collection by Chanel is everything you would have expected from the legendary luxury fashion house – and plenty more.

The combination of pink gold and platinum in tandem with flawless diamonds brings to mind intricate, hand-made embroidery and the gothic architecture of Venice: nuanced lace-like tiles, atmospheric windows and an aura of remarkable lightness, all obtained through the uncontestable artistry of medieval architects, engineers and builders.

The geometrically-set diamond cubes and rectangles are arranged like multiple openings and spaces in the mosaic of Venetian architecture. Frames of rose gold and platinum support refreshing ice-cubes of crystal-clear diamonds as a metaphor for dainty windows, letting fresh air into the twilight of cool, historical buildings. The gemstones are set in a precise, well-measured manner, creating an impression of lightness, lucidity, balanced elegance and refined poshness – qualities characteristic of Chanel from the very beginnings of the house.

The nature of lace has inspired architects to finesse detail, romanticism and mystery, playing with filigree light and energizing shadows in their creations from time immemorial, and continues to do so to this day. Lace-like town halls, churches and cathedrals possess qualities of airiness and tactility, making them more familiar to townies, almost like a second skin.

In the 1930s, Coco Chanel herself underwent a so-called “romantic” period, during which she widely employed lace, tulle and chiffon, accentuating the natural curves of a woman’s body, often using classic black to counterbalance the romantic quality of those materials and turn them into seductive gowns.

In the Escale à Venise collection and especially in the Eblouissante set, Patrice Leguéreau, Director of the Chanel Jewelry Creation Studio, offers her own contemporary interpretation of Gabrielle Chanel’s vision of Venice – always one of her favorite destinations.

Translated from the French as ‘dazzling’, the light and sculptural, ethnic and modern Eblouissante set lives up to its name – and way beyond it.

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