DEFYING THE LAWS OF GRAVITY: RINGS, BROOCHES, BANGLES AND EARRINGS BY FENG J

A UNIQUE TRADEMARK TECHNIQUE HELPS THE JEWELRY DESIGNER CREATE PIECES LIKE NO OTHER.

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Lightness, transparency and gentle colors, with gems held together as if by magic, visually not supported by any structure: jewelry designer Feng J uses her own, unique, innovative “Floating set” technique to make the gems appear to be floating in air, reflecting, refracting and allowing light to pass through them – to enhance the effects of phenomenal transparency, weightlessness and luminosity, as well as defying the laws of gravity.

The idea behind this signature technique is to reduce the weight of a piece by minimizing the amount of gold holding the stones together, while simultaneously retaining the large scale of the creation.

In these delicate, harmonious pieces, the stones are hand-picked and custom-cut by hand into 1–1.2 mm double rose-cuts and allocated the one and only correct place in the design, which may take months.

The Calla Lily Ring in emeralds, rose-cut diamonds and double rose-cut yellow sapphires and tsavorites will sumptuously embrace your wrist with its elegantly curved, electroplated green-colored gold bangle arm.

The Dreamland Butterfly Brooch in chrysoberyl, yellow quartz, tsavorites, marquise white diamonds, diamond beads and electroplated gold is a creature from a wonderland where production and implementation, as well as the invisible metal structure holding the entire piece together seems like a dream.

The Green Willow Leaf Earrings in green tourmaline, double rose-cut tsavorites, chrysoberyls, tanzanites, aquamarines, white diamond and electroplated gold quietly sway in the warm, late-spring air and soak up rays of light, emphasizing their refreshing colors.

The Yellow Ginkgo Leaf brooch – in double rose-cut yellow sapphires, orange sapphires, rose-cut round diamonds, pear-shaped diamonds and gold – brings joy and energy on its vibrant, sunny leaves.

In the Green Lily of the Valley Bangle in double rose-cut tsavorites, chrysoberyls, tanzanites, aquamarines, diamond beads, white diamond and electroplated gold, Feng J’s signature “Floating set” technique brings fantastic naturalism into the artwork, made even more delicate with its open, organic structure, all achieved through superb craftsmanship.

DAYDREAM AND WONDER: TREE OF LIFE EARRINGS BY JEWELLERY THEATRE

DRAMATIC AND TRANSCENDENT BEAUTY FROM A LYRICAL JEWELRY BRAND – FOR DREAMERS AND FOR BELIEVERS

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From the orchards and forests of the Bible came timber, giving humans a chance to make fire and cook food. Trees are always close to us, offering energy, air, beauty and hope; shadow on a hot summer day, warmth on a cold hiking night.

Trees made us what we are now. Studies say that a surge in the size of the human brain, which happened around 1.8 million years ago, could be directly linked to this innovation in cooking: the possibility of roasting meat, fish and vegetables over fire – a process that made it easier for the human gut to absorb calories. Were we still eating an exclusively raw, unprocessed diet, we would have to spend more than nine hours a day eating to get enough energy for our amazing and exceptionally large brains! 

In Jewellery Theatre’s Tree of Life Earrings, strong, white gold branches hold diamond drops – the rest is up to your imagination.

Founded in 1998, Jewellery Theatre soon found its way and established itself on the luxury goods market. The ideas of the brand spin around the philosophy of combining life with art, fantasy with reality, through a sure-fire recipe that mixes the genius of outstanding designers and the skill of master jewellers with a tasteful addition of theatricality.

As for the Tree of Life Earrings: what emotions do they bring out in you? Thoughts about the meaning of life? Joy? Wonder? Sweet sorrow? A powerful emotional outburst?

The human brain, nurtured by oxygen produced by the trees, will keep wondering. Always.

DROPS OF HONEY AND MORNING DEW BY ANABELA CHAN

FRESH… LIGHT…DELICIOUSLY REFINED!

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As Spring kicks in with full force, body and soul are longing for airiness and joy.

The Canary Atlantis Drop Earrings by award-winning jewelry designer Anabela Chan unify the delicacy of leaf veins in citrus-hued recycled aluminium, white gold and rhodium vermeil, and the transparency of lab-grown and simulated clear white diamonds, yellow sapphires and canary citrines.

The earrings come from the Mermaid’s Tale collection, which was inspired by the magic and marvels of the ocean depths.

Although unable to travel much due to the pandemic, Anabela Chan found a way to explore the deep waters through the eyes and camera lenses of her friends, Valentine Thomas  – a former lawyer, now a freediver, chef and sustainable seafood expert – and underwater photographer Lily Wang.

Characteristic of all Anabela’s jewels is their unique recognizability: each piece is different, yet you can instantly tell who is behind their creation.

In her designs, she uses lab-grown gems and recycled metals, focusing on ethical and sustainable materials, techniques and innovations.

For this collection, Anabela opted for waste metals found in the oceans and on polluted beaches, to contribute to the restoration of marine ecosystems. For every creation sold, the Anabela Chan jewelry brand pledges, through Sustainable Surf’s SeaTrees project (source: https://sea-trees.org/), to plant one hundred of the mangrove trees that thrive in coastal saline waters, protecting and restoring coastlines and the seas.

The aluminium used in the Canary Atlantis Drop Earrings, as well as other pieces from the Mermaid’s Tale collection, comes from recycled aluminium soda cans fished out from the ocean and is collected from beaches by eco enthusiasts as well as by Anabela and her own kids.

Spring is calling:

To be joyful.

To be kind to nature and to people.

To breathe in fresh air and bask in beauty…

WHITE GOLD SWIRLS AND DIAMOND SPLASHES: DÉFERLANTE BY CHAUMET

EIGHT UNIQUE JEWELS, INCLUDING A SECRET TIMEPIECE, IN A NEW COLLECTION GLORIFYING THE MAGNIFICENT POWER OF OCEAN WAVES

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Spilling waves, plunging waves, surging waves. Collapsing waves, tidal waves, progressive waves. Capillary waves, refracted waves, seiche waves.

Shallow wavelets, where children like to play, and dangerous reef breaks, tamed by daredevil surfers. Mellow ripples and dramatic tsunamis.

Some caused by the friction between surface water and the wind. Others, by the gravitational pull on our planet of the Sun and the Moon.

These powerful surges of energy have now been immortalised in the new high jewellery capsule collection Déferlante by Chaumet.

The Déferlante (“wave” in French) collection consists of eight pieces which make up a parure: a tiara set with 1,600 brilliant-cut and step-cut diamonds; a necklace, using Chaumet’s signature fil-couteau technique, where stones appear as if they are floating; two rings (one transformable); two sets of earrings; a brooch; and a secret watch with a Swiss mechanical self-winding movement, which comes in a limited edition of three pieces.

Combinations of white diamonds of different shapes and sizes cascade down intricate settings of white gold. Bold angles and clean, sculptural lines generate the sensation of movement, the bubbling murmur of the foam, the sparkling joy of splattering surf, and the majestic realization of the fragility of us, humans, when faced with the forces of nature.

How many times have you found yourself mesmerized by the vastness of the sea, watching the horizon, catching the movement of the waves, losing track of time?

Déferlante by Chaumet is exactly that: graceful as the poetry, powerful as the surge, timeless as the World’s oceans.

EXCEPTIONAL JEWELRY AND PROMINENT PHILANTHROPY: MEET THE BOGHOSSIANS

GENERATION AFTER GENERATION CONTRIBUTING BOTH TO THE WORLD OF BEAUTY AND TO THE WORLD OF PEOPLE

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Following a massive earthquake in Armenia in 1988, the Boghossian family were among the first to measurably invest in the country’s reconstruction and fund multiple economic, educational and cultural activities in Armenian cities. Between 2006 and 2010, the Boghossian Foundation sponsored the design and renovation of the public Lovers’ Park in Yerevan. After a disastrous explosion of ammonium nitrate in Beirut in 2020, the Foundation provided Lebanese youth with emergency food rations, invested in rebuilding schools and awarded multiple scholarships.

These are just a few examples of the humanitarian and philanthropic work of the Boghossians: Lebanese jewellers of Armenian descent, who currently operate flagship stores in Geneva, London and Hong Kong.

The Boghossian jewelry brand is unique in the way they treat stones. Using signature, patented techniques – the Art of Inlay, the Kissing Stones, and the Merveilles – they keep their jewelry light, delicate and dreamy, allowing the stones to breathe and shine on their own, without the limitations posed by metal settings.

In the Art of Inlay technique, gems are carved and smoothly set within one another to create a bewitching contrast and interplay of colours. This method has been known from ancient times: the great Taj Mahal with its marble inlays is the most famous historic and artistic example and inspires many pieces of Boghossian’s jewelry.

In the Kissing Stones technique, the stones support and hold each other, as if in a passionate embrace, without the use of metal fixtures.

Meanwhile, in the sophisticated Merveilles technique, the gems look as if they are floating in air, freed from any golden backbone, creating an atmosphere of lightness and fluidity.

The development and refinement of these techniques must surely have taken many experiments, mistakes and shattered gems. The effort was worth it: today, exceptional and rare Boghossian jewels are highly sought after by art collectors and jewellery aficionados, and they are breaking world records at auctions.

Founded by Ovaness Boghossian back in 1868 at the centre of the Silk Road, the Boghossian brand does not rest on its laurels and stays strong in pursuit of its goals: to find harmony between Eastern and Western styles, to maintain perfect balance between cultural heritage and modern design, and to bring even more beauty and humanity into our world.

STORIES IN A LOCKET BY MARIE LICHTENBERG 

CULTURES, FABLES AND TRADITIONS FROM MANY DISTANT LANDS, UNIFIED IN JOYOUS AND COLORFUL DESIGNS   

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Forçat chains from traditional Creole jewelry. Mauli threads, crafted from used saris by artisans in Dhaka, India, which are said to protect the wearer. Hand-made Ghanaian beads, sourced from Krobo and Ashanti Ghana, which were once a form of national currency, now stemming from a know-how passed on from generation to generation. Golden chains handcrafted in Italy. French flair and emotionality.

Surely this is the very definition of “from all over the world”.  

In her designs, Maria Lichtenberg has gathered colorful, meaningful and deep-rooted concepts, traditions and materials from many different countries and cultures, and transformed them into exquisite, fun and charming lockets.  

Representing our purest and deepest feelings and desires, they come in a kaleidoscope of colors, emotions, materials and techniques. The uplifting mottos – Amour, Bonheur, Believe, Will Protect You Forever – are branded on the side of most of the jewels.  

A traditional chain with a locket clasp that symbolizes emancipation and freedom in Creole culture was given to a teenage Marie by her mother – an artistic director at an advertising agency with Martiniquan roots, who also ran a small vintage jewelry boutique as a side business. “This style of Forçat necklace was crafted by slaves when they were freed,” explains Marie in her interview to Net-a-Porter (source: https://www.net-a-porter.com/en-us/porter/article-532ca0474f87e52a/jewelry-watches/fine-jewelry/marie-lichtenberg).   

Later, after years of working as a fashion editor for the ELLE France magazine, this spiritual connection with jewelry evoked the ideas behind what has now become the Marie Lichtenberg brand.  

To make her designs come to life, Marie cooperates with jewelry experts, and sources materials and components from across the globe.   

Amongst others, the techniques used in her creations include sophisticated hand-enameling; guilloche – a decorative technique where intricate and repetitive patterns are mechanically engraved into metal with a rose engine lathe machine; repoussé and chasing – metalworking techniques where the metal is shaped by hammering it to create a low relief design.

Déja vu: my mother gives me a long-desired candy. Hidden in a bright, golden wrapper, it promises the most delicious, sweet and phantasmagoric tastes available in our world.  

This is what Marie Lichtenberg’s brand stands for: heritage, good vibes, personal connections, unforgettable memories and new, wonderful stories to be shared with the special people in our lives.  

The only drawback of these irresistible, bohemian and talismanic charmers is that one is never enough. 

They will leave you wanting more!

FOR UKRAINE

WHAT CAN WE SAY WHEN THE SKY IS FALLING?

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In these dark times how can we go to work and go about our daily routines when somewhere – not so far away – people just like you and me are losing everything they have: lives, health, homes, parents, children, friends, hopes, youth, love, freedom?

How can we, in our sophisticated, modern society, live with this?!

I remember, a decade ago, when I was just starting my career and trying to make sense of the fashion world, I admired Franca Sozzani (then editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia), who had a smart way of covering events happening around the globe: without polemic, but rather through incredible, expressive photoshoots.

I’ve promised myself that my art curation articles will never be subject to geopolitical context and opinions. However, today I’m finding it extremely difficult to stay neutral.

I continue working with a huge hole in my heart, praying for children who have lost their parents, for desperate mothers losing their young sons.

Time and time again I ask myself: isn’t it superficial to continue writing about material things such as art and jewelry when there is so much urgent pain? Today I had a tiny breakthrough:

There are no limits to ugliness, nor to beauty. There are no limits to pain, nor to happiness. There are no limits to how much people can destroy, nor to the beauty that they can create.

And there is also hope in the realization that there are still people around us who are able to create rather than to destroy.

Here is a piece of Nomis jewelry, born in Kyiv, Ukraine. A little piece from the fragile world of beauty, to represent the immense creativity and the beautiful people of Ukraine…

REFINEMENT IN ASYMMETRY: GALONS BY DIOR

THE RIBBONS OF DIOR FOUND THEIR WAY INTO HIGH JEWELRY. AND THEY ARE HERE TO STAY.

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We are all somewhat asymmetric. An ironically raised eyebrow, a lopsided smile, a flirtatious dimple on a cheek: this slight asymmetry is what makes our faces look emotional.

In the new high jewelry collection from Dior – Galons Dior – combinations of straight lines, curves, circles, dots, triangles, ovals, rectangles, spheres, cubes, cuboids and prisms of gems are arranged in delightfully irregular shapes from varying styles and epoch, demonstrating Victoire de Castellane’s revolutionary approach to jewelry: the modern eclecticism.

A new wave in the industry, these pieces are highly desirable and effortlessly wearable. All 81 original pieces, encrusted with clear diamonds, dreamy sapphires, luscious rubies and vibrant emeralds, intertwine twirling, waltzing ribbons: galons. Spontaneous and harmonious, they are sublime combinations of the incompatible.

Inspiration drawn from couture is not new to the creative director of Dior Joaillerie. Take, for example, the 2014 Archi Dior high jewelry collection, designed by Victoire de Castellane, which includes the Bar en Corolle emerald bracelet that resembles the sumptuous shape of Dior’s emblematic Bar jacket, while petal-shaped diamond earrings echo the anatomy of Dior’s Junon gown.

The clothes we wear are asymmetric, spontaneously swishing, whirling and creasing as we move. Beautifully cut hair is blown by the wind into the most unexpected shapes. But if those shapes have been brought to life by a true master, this seeming imperfection approaches perfection: appealing, enigmatic and tempting.

As tempting as the refined asymmetry of Galons Dior.

A LUXURIOUS BRIDGE BETWEEN THEN AND NOW: BOUCHERON’S NEW MAHARAJAH

THE FRENCH JEWELER DRAWS INSPIRATION FROM ONE OF THEIR MOST IMPRESSIVE ORDERS OF THE PAST. BORING? AU CONTRAIRE – UTTERLY ASTONISHING!

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If a Maharajah opened the doors of Boucheron’s studio today, what would he say?

The Maharajahs of India did not mind dressing up in the most expensive, sumptuous and rarе gems from tip to toe. The extravagant Maharajah Sir Bhupinder Singh, ruler of the princely state of Patiala from 1900 to 1938, was no exception – rather, an exemplary connoisseur of opulent and magnificent jewels.

According to Alain Boucheron, in 1927, the pompous arrival of the Maharajah to Place Vendôme was accompanied by caskets filled with a prodigious amount of precious stones -emeralds, sapphires, rubies and pearls (Master Jewelers by A. Kenneth Snowman).

A tribute to prosperity, high mastership and extreme beauty, Boucheron’s New Maharajah collection stands at the junction of two eras, two distinctive cultures and mindsets: those grandiose jewels created by Boucheron for the Maharajah of the past, and twenty-first century Europe.

Boucheron is building a bridge across centuries and continents. The Maison’s Creative Director, Claire Choisne, revisited one of the most desirable orders ever placed at Place Vendôme and figured out what they could offer to a modern Maharajah.

An epitome of jewelry tradition and history, this French luxury jewelry house, dating back to the 19th century, brings together advanced technology, cutting-edge craftsmanship, the highest industry standards and impressive heritage jewels.

In this new collection, curious and innovative Claire made a radical decision to use, with just a few exceptions, mainly transparent and white gems and metals: diamonds, pearls, rock crystal and white gold. She modernized the archive designs by resizing them and making them multifunctional, to fit the purposes and lifestyle of the contemporary international elite.

The New Maharani parure comprises three dramatic and delicate necklaces: the Majestic Lotus Necklace, the Crystal Necklace, and the Nacre Necklace, which were designed to be worn together. However, each of these masterpieces also shines on its own. Besides, the necklaces may be disassembled, rearranged and transformed into multiple wearable versions.

In the monochrome Majestic Lotus Choker Necklace, resembling, according to Claire Choisne, a diamond lace, diamonds intersperse with the pure drops of rock crystal to make the magnificent, transformable piece look featherlight.

The New Maharani Crystal Necklace, with several strands of carved stone crystal, interspersed with diamond details and white pearls, is closed at the back with cords and adorned with pearl tassels.

Meanwhile, the New Maharani Nacre Necklace has a large, flat tassel, crowned with a diamond and mother-of-pearl lotus flower, and can be transformed into as many as seven different forms, including a short necklace and two pearl bracelets.

Rock crystal symbolizes purity of thought, innocence and fidelity. The ten subtle New Churiyans Bracelets were inspired by the bangles of Indian brides. Their coquettish, tinkling sound is a subtle reminder of the wearer’s presence at any occasion and in any location. When not adorning the wrist, they can be stored on a mother-of-pearl bobbin, designed specifically for them. 

The product of innovation and the inquisitive mind of the creators, this retrospect with its modern outlook is anything but old-fashioned. The advanced technology and design, the sublime, monochrome and tastefully transparent palette, intelligent and masterful use of beaming diamonds, opalescent pearls and water-clear crystal make for an astonishing result, bound to remain in the history of jewelry. 

JEWELRY BY NIKOS KOULIS: WHERE LUXURY MEETS MASTERY

IF “EMOTIONAL JEWELS WITH THE INTENSITY OF A LOVE AFFAIR” IS WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR, YOU CAME TO THE RIGHT PLACE

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Master of design, Nikos Koulis effortlessly fuses the strict, geometric motifs of Art Deco with refined, feminine flavor. Dynamic and light, with clean lines and intricate settings, his pieces radiate timeliness and timelessness with luxury expressed through a prism of meticulous craftsmanship and quality.

Nikos Koulis has a growing collection of trophies for his designs: the GEM Award 2020 in Jewelry Design; Couture Design Award 2015 in the Bridal Category; in 2016 and 2018
in the Haute Couture Category; in 2019 in the Gold Category – and the list goes on. But we should let his pieces speak for themselves.

A dynamic and flawless blend of gold, diamonds, colored gems and enamel produce ever-relevant jewels with a liberating, modern twist.

Most of Nikos’s collections are implemented in the classic black and white palette, while the addition of deep green emeralds, sensual pearls and seductive rubies adds a game-changing, uplifting touch.

The three pieces featured in this article, all set with white diamonds and emeralds, from the V and the Universe Line collections, carry a straightforward message: design dominates.

Nikos plays with shapes, repetitions and deceptively simple combinations to achieve a distinctive aesthetic: quintessential sophistication mixed with Western minimalism. The open triangle earrings from the V collection, in white gold, with white diamonds, emeralds and glossy black enamel, are an elegant experiment with the classic geometric shape.

The dangling, long earrings from the same collection, in white gold, set with white diamonds and emeralds, are a stunner. The exquisite stones in special shades and cuts are sourced by Nikos Koulis from all over the world.

In the long, chandelier earrings from his Universe Line collection – white gold with white diamonds and emerald – the masterful use of clear, translucent enamel enriches the natural radiance of the gems.

Nikos Koulis has tapped into the zeitgeist of today. Will he also become the designer of the future? With the artistic potential that he has exhibited so far, he sure can.

 

SUMMON THE JOYOUS GENIE: COLLECTION N°5 FROM CHANEL

YOU CANNOT KEEP LOCKED IN A BOTTLE THE BUBBLING JOY AND BEAUTY: EARRINGS FROM THE NEW CHANEL COLLECTION ARE PROOF.

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As I fiddle with the perfectly shaped bottle of Chanel N°5, touching its smooth glass filled with delicious scent, I am thinking: what if, by rubbing this vessel of fragrant charm, I could summon a genie?

What would I wish each and every one of you for 2022?

The Golden Stopper Earrings from Chanel’s new high jewelry Collection N°5 – the recognizable cork and bubbly burst of magnetism – are a concoction of enthusiasm, refinement and delight.

One earring, to open the bottle, is geometric and straightforward, a chiseled stopper reflecting the architecture and proportions of Place Vendôme, admired by Coco Chanel from the balcony of her room at the Ritz. The other – a vivacious splash of precious stones, a rapid movement – like droplets from a bottle of New Year champagne.

A hundred and twenty-three pieces within Chanel’s new Collection N°5 have been designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the legendary perfume. Since 1921, this “perfume for women with the scent of a woman”, created by Gabrielle Chanel and perfumer Ernest Beaux, has been a staple of sophistication and confidence, a potent elixir of sensuality and femininity, and, without doubt, the most famous perfume in the world.

Coco Chanel is believed to have said: “I only drink champagne on two occasions, when I am in love and when I am not.”

Watching bubbles of champagne escape from the bottle on New Year’s night, I wish each and every one of you good health, warm evenings with your loved ones, cheerful mornings sparkling with ambition for discoveries and creation, and all the beauty that the world can give.

Thank you for another year with the Jewelry Icon!

Illustration by INCYCUBANS

IN BLOOM AND IN FADING: BEAUTY IS EVERYWHERE BY LUZ CAMINO

PIECES FOR A PERSONALITY THAT SHINE AND COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER

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Illustration  by Chris Gambrell

Als men waarachtig van de natuur houdt dan vindt men ’t overal mooi.   

If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.  

Vincent van Gogh in a letter to his brother Theo  

An artist’s creation is the child of that artist. This is true for the cult Spanish jewelry designer Luz Camino – an indisputable authority on botanical representations in jewelry and on rendering mundane, common and unexpected objects with a new, sublime perspective.  

In Spanish, “luz” means “light”. Even last year, in the epicenter of the pandemic, Luz Camino – an amazing artist and a radiant, warm and sophisticated person – managed to find peace and beauty amidst the uncertainty, and to continue with her creative ventures.  

Today, Luz continues to shine that light onto everything she picks up, turning each item into a miniature, dreamy piece of art.  

From exquisite, expensive stones and precious metals to tin cans, Luz competently uses any materials and artefacts that she sees fit for her purposes. Through innovative techniques, experiments and a powerful imagination, she takes her jeweler’s skills to extremes and elevates ordinary objects far above the monotony of humdrum days.  

To see charm in a wilting flower requires a unique type of personality, but to be able to capture its evanescent beauty in a piece of wearable art is an entirely different level of finesse. Luz Camino is capable of it all: the subdued palette of the Wilted Hydrangea Earrings, in plique-à-jour enamel, diamonds, silver and gold, is a perfect match for every skin tone, accentuating the peculiar beauty of a human ear and serving as its refined and natural extension.  

In the large, statement Freesia Brooch, enamel, agate, silver and gold meet snow-white, delicate porcelain. Feminine, fragile and bold, this sweetly fragrant flower can act as the dramatic and quirky centerpiece for a severe business suit or as the effortless and essential companion to a feather-light silk scarf.  

Like little children in a kindergarten, every single piece within the new collection is unique: with a strong and delicate, enchanting and challenging personality as well as a deep, yet-to-be-discovered world behind shiny eyes, each waiting to blossom in the cherishing light of the right wearer.  

Most creations come in a limited edition; some, like the Dragonfly, Falcon Hunting Hood, Alpine Soldanella and Blackberry brooches, are one-of-a-kind. So, don’t wait too long!   For more information on the new Luz Camino’s collection and the trunk show at Bergdorf Goodman, visit www.luzcamino.com/bergdorf and enjoy the wonderful views.  

GREEN IS FOR HEALTH. GREEN IS FOR BEAUTY. GREEN BY NAK ARMSTRONG

VIVACIOUS, FRESH AND ENERGIZING: ELECTRIC GREEN EARRINGS TO ELEVATE SPIRITS AND MAKE A GOOD MOOD EVEN BETTER

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Want to enjoy art, design and nature – all the beautiful things – for the long-long years of your life? Then you need more green!

Amazing scenery, objects of art and jewelry, all desire to be seen with your eyes. But have you heard the great news? Higher intake of green, leafy vegetables is associated with a lower risk of glaucoma, which is a leading cause of blindness?!

Some researchers in neurology, psychology and ophthalmology believe that the color green possesses a sedative effect: sensitivity to green objects might affect our hormonal production, which, in turn, influences our mood and calms us down.

Hail to the green!

Green is the universal color of nature, leaves, meadows, oxygen-producing algae and life, recognizable to any person from any country and any cultural background. Nak Armstrong offers fans of his jewelry many variations of this luscious, upbeat, electric green: Anemone Earrings in emerald, Ethiopian opal and diamonds; Parrot Earrings featuring acid-green tourmaline half-moons, emerald pavé, tourmaline triangles, tanzanite trillions and large Ethiopian opal drops; and Mini Pendulum Earrings, from the jewelry house’s Florapiega collection.

Nak finds inspiration in nature which he reinterprets, deconstructs and reconstructs in pieces of modern jewelry art. He also explores, invents and perfects his own metalworking and stone-setting techniques to challenge and change the way the gems and metals interact, modify and redefine each other.

In his creations, Nak delivers a perfect balance between jewelry impressionism and cubism: small, delicate brush strokes, alongside abstracted and fragmented depictions of flowers, birds and leaves.

The ideal perfume to go with this lush greenery of precious stones and elaborate designs is a new, unisex fragrance from Frederic Malle: Synthetic Jungle by Anne Flipo, a modern, bright, delicious and provocative take on nature, with top notes of basil, galbanum and black currant, middle notes of lily-of-the-valley, jasmine, hyacinth, ylang-ylang and almond, and base notes of patchouli and oak moss.

Eat more greens, take care of both your eyes and mind, and enjoy the invigorating view of bright green jewelry by Nak Armstrong!

REDEFINING JEWELRY WITH NOMIS

A HIGH JEWELRY BRAND PUSHES BOUNDARIES AND INVITES US ALL TO EXPERIMENT

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Contemporary jewelry has no rules and no limits: it stands for the freedom of adornment and facilitates the metamorphosis of beauty into a powerful statement.

The Nomis brand, created by Alena Kiperman, aims to provide the most luxurious of tools to capture your emotions and transform them into elegant, sincere, offbeat and avant-garde manifests.

Rings which can be turned into earcuffs, distinctive earovals (yes, it is a thing!) and earclips, tribal and punkish earpins which in the blink of an eye become pendants, unisex necklaces can be worn separately as statement pieces, or mixed together in phantasmagoric, luxurious and provocative combinations.

Nomis jewelry is made in 18ct gold and lab-grown stones. Due to their unique qualities, man-made diamonds, emeralds and sapphires have long been used outside the jewelry industry, including high tech, bringing the future closer to us.

The jewelry of the future must keep up with the times.

Nomis has been created for people with a heightened sense of freedom. Cool and edgy, emphatic and elegant, this mind-blowing, experimental and multifunctional jewelry is easy to wear, fits any style and and any time of the day.

Experiment and express yourself, create your own fantasy and reality with the Nomis jewelry!

STORIES OF THE NIGHT SKY IN THE NEW ZODIAQUE COLLECTION BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

THE CLASSIC LUXURY JEWELRY HOUSE RETURNS TO ITS CLASSIC MOTIFS: SO, WHAT’S NEW?

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Art by Lolita Pelegrime

Fallen stars return to us in solid, strong, bold shapes and refined designs, merging into intricately sculptured golden bas-reliefs.

This new interpretation of the Zodiac by Van Cleef & Arpels evolved from the Zodiaque medals created in the 1970s, in the tradition of Poetic Astronomy, their signature theme.

Scattered across the vast expanse of space, from the surface of our planet stars appear as two-dimensional constellations, connecting them as if they were stories, shared by cultures across centuries and continents.

Wearing a Zodiac sign no longer requires unconditional commitment to its meaning. With such an old and elaborate system, Zodiacs have become more than the brief horoscopes that appear on the back page of a popular tabloid. They carry as much meaning as you choose to ascribe to them: the moment of your birth, the time you spend on earth, how you see yourself and other people, and how you deal with your differences and relationships.

In this new collection, the celestial signs, born in Western astrology, are represented in two versions: two sets of spectacular golden pendant necklaces, with and without symbolic stones. The medals, hanging on long, golden chains, depict the respective Zodiac signs on the front side, with dates on the reverse.

In one version, the stylized Zodiac animals are shaped against ornamental stones. Blue quartz, earthly brown pietersite, stripped tiger iron, bluish green amazonite, dark obsidian, bright green aventurine, dark green malachite, bright blue turquoise and deep blue lapis lazuli: the jewelers and designers of Van Cleef & Arpels did a great job researching the qualities of these curious gems, the way they interplay with the golden symbols and their meanings.

Тhe energy of the four elements of the Zodiac – fire, air, earth, and water – shows through the selection of unconventional stones: blue for water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces), green(ish) for earth (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn), the deep hues of the night sky for Air (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius), and dramatic ochre and bronze, evoking flames and lava, for fire (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius).

A more conservative, forever classic version of the Zodiac comes in twelve massive medals in polished yellow gold: to be passed from generation to generation whether as a talisman, a lucky charm or an inspiring piece of family heritage, whispering to the heirs a poetic story about the style, character and life of its original wearer.

FOR BOHEMIANS, DREAMERS, MODERATE SCEPTICS AND PASSIONATE BELIEVERS: ASHEVILLE BY DAVID WEBB

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NEW FLORAL COLLECTION IN GOLD, ENAMEL AND MOUTH-WATERING, COLORFUL GEMS

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In a small city on the scenic American East Coast – spiced up by fun murals, hipster coffee shops, the vibrant River Arts District where former factory buildings became home to artists’ studios and the Downtown Art District, populated with galleries and museums – a legend was born.

Asheville, nicknamed the “Paris of the South”, is a charming oasis of chill bohemian vibe and artistic coziness. Back in the 1980s, residents fought hard to keep its atmosphere as an artisan city, with unique style and architecture, small local stores and restaurants, in opposition to building a large shopping mall which would have required demolishing an authentic area of 11-blocks.

This eclectic city also happens to be the hometown of David Webb – a prominent American jeweler and founder of an eponymous luxury jewelry house – where he started his education in jewelry-making and grew fond of lavish, blooming gardens.

New fine jewelry collection named after Asheville: eight exceptional floral pieces (pendant necklace, drop earrings, cuff bracelets, choker, and an open-band ring), designed in two distinctive palettes – fresh, pink opals with rubies, emerald beads, turquoise and diamonds, and serene, blue chalcedony with sapphires, turquoise and diamonds. The distinctive 18-karat gold chains and white enamel, present in both colorways, make it easy to combine the jewels and weld them together.

It is tempting to search Asheville’s gardens and Blue Ridge Mountains for the wildflowers which have inspired David Webb’s designers. There, you can find rhododendrons, flame azaleas, mountain laurels, and Turk’s cap lilies. Curiously, the house says that the new collection’s floral motif has no direct analog in nature but, rather, is an archetypical, stylized flower, easily recognized across continents, epochs and cultures.

The jewelry house’s co-owner and creative director Mark Emanuel acknowledges that now is the right time to come back to “flower power”, with its intrinsic ideas of invigorating beauty, peace and optimism.

A gulp of fresh air, spring in the midst of winter’s approach, the delicate, light pink and pale blue flowers are supported by unique, weighty and supple chains – a combination of strength, dreaminess and femininity, marked with characteristic design elements: bold colors, lively enamel and carved hardstones.

So, here it is: the new Ashville collection by David Webb, a quintessence of light, charm and hope.

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.

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