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The Enduring Influence of Fine Art in Jewellery
Fine Art inspired Jewellery
By: Diamond World News Service
Jul 2 2018 1:41PM
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From reinterpreting Monet’s impressionism in jewellery to reflecting on Carravagio’s play on light and shadow using different shades of gemstones, Fine Art has remained a constant source of inspiration for jewellery designers finds out, Vijetha Rangabashyam.

From impressionist details to abstract elements or just a simple brush stroke, jewellery designers have often looked up to fine art, paintings in particular, for inspiration for many years now. And as I delved deeper into some iconic moments in the history of art, I realized that artists have themselves dabbled in the realm of jewellery design at some point in their lives – we have the likes of Dali, P.Klee, Picasso, Kandinsky and so many other artists who have used their artistic predisposition to create jewellery too.

Both disciplines are connected to each other, in that they have borrowed ideas from each other through time. A conceived idea for a piece of jewellery is always first sketched on paper before it comes alive with the use of materials. If that isn’t art, then what is?

The Italian jewellery house Buccellati launched the ‘Art Collection’ a few years ago, paying homage to paintings of Claude Monet, Odilon Redon, Winslow Homer, Pierre Bonnard and Mikhail Larionov. The collection, with its curious pieces, reinterpreted the works of these legendary artists in its own way. Homer’s ‘Light Blue Sea at Prout’s Neck’ was re-imagined as a cuff where the detailing of the waves came alive with 663 round brilliant-cut diamonds.

Jewellery designer Carlo Palmiero is yet another fine art enthusiast who espouses his love for paintings through his jewellery creations – from Edvard Munch’s ‘Scream’ to Mondrian’s Tableau, his interpretations of the iconic paintings are ethereal. Palmiero effortlessly uses coloured sapphires to recreate the artists’ colour palette with a smattering of diamonds in his ‘Art Collection’.

Laurence Graff, the keeper of some of the world’s most famous diamonds is also an avid art collector and that shouldn’t come by as a surprise. His art collection is a mélange of 20th century fine art, a few of which are by the American artist Cy Twombly. The verve of Twombly’s scribble is expressed in this collection with unparalleled artistry and of course the use of exceptional gemstones,both of which are not uncommon at the house of Graff. An elegant squiggle earring twirls down gracefully with a combination of diamonds and rubies, ending with beautiful pear shaped rubies – a fitting understanding of Twombly’s celebrated fiery red scribble from the Bacchus series.

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