Among the noble metals, gold is especially coveted, its natural attributes allowing it to withstand the passage of time without tarnishing. The craft of goldsmithing involves multiple ways of working precious metals, including the fusion of gold or silver with other materials to create more resilient alloys. Embodying the ethos of their practice, classically trained goldsmiths Gerda and Nikolai Monies founded their now decade-spanning jewelry label, Monies, on another kind of union: marriage. Establishing their women’s jewelry line on the Copenhagen waterfront in 1973, the husband-and-wife duo broaden the scope of workable elements and indulge in their love of unconventional materials, from gold foil and silver leaf to acacia, horn, coconut, and ebony.
Structure and volume are skilfully considered in the making of bracelets, earrings, and necklaces that range from subtle elegance to artful statement. A history of binding disparate entities together lead Monies to collaborations with prestigious brands such as Chanel, Christian Lacroix, and Donna Karan. The Danish jewelry label proves that bringing things together opens the door for something greater because even the most precious gold is stronger in marriage.
What Do Salvador Dali, Ottolinger, Magritte, and Faris Have In Common?
Juxtaposing elements that aren’t normally found together can produce startling effects—which is good news for jewelry. There’s no excuse not to be striking. When reality can seem skewed, it feels good to look at works of controlled chaos. We’ve rounded up our favorite offerings that feel the most surreal, with the paintings to match.
Completedworks Gold the Dishcloth of the Metropolitan Elite Earrings and Salvador Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory
A foray into the theory of relativity, or simply a painting inspired by a wheel of Camembert melting in the sun? Dalí insisted it was the latter. One of the most recognizable works from the Surrealist movement, pay homage to the decadence of diffusion with these gold dishcloth earrings. It’s all relative.
Shushu/Tong White YVMIN Edition Single Ceramic Hand Earring and René Magritte’s The Dawn of Cayenne
Consider the dichotomy of form and function, the inherent value of scale. Or just wear this earring—sometimes all you need is a hand.
Ottolinger Black Rubber Dipped Drop Earrings and Joan Miró’s The Tilled Field
Inscrutable, organic forms—a theme in Miró’s work upon moving to Paris, but also maybe manifesting in these earrings. Dip, dip, drop earrings.
Vanessa Schindler Orange Single Chain Earring and Max Ernst’s Long Live Love
These earrings conjure a graceful silhouette, in tones and strokes uncannily similar to the figures in Ernst’s work. The art object is only as real as the one who wears it.
Eamanuele Bicocchi Silver Single Key Earring and René Magritte’s La Clef des Songes
Maybe this cerebral work by Magritte is just the legend we need to interpret our strange isolation dreams—or maybe it’s better to wear the key.
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New York-based designer Wendy Brandes is the 2012 winner of Fashion Group International's Rising Star Award for fine jewellery. Wendy led the luxury-goods industry in the social-media realm when she launched her humorous and frank blog in 2007. That playful side of her personality and her social-media know-how are on display in her WENDYB by Wendy Brandes silver diffusion line, which features designs such as a SRSLY? necklace, emoji earrings, and her much-imitated F@#! ring set.
Wendy's work has been featured in publications including InStyle, Elle, W Magazine and British Vogue, and on Style.com. Her designs have adorned celebrities such as Rihanna, Britney Spears and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Skylar Grey, and her work has placed in the JCK's Jeweller's Choice Awards and the American Jewellery Design Council New Talent Competition.
Sisters Ashley Jung and Paige Dellavalle, knew their experience as West Point military cadets and U.S. Army Officers didn’t make them the most obvious choices as chic arbiters of style. While they donned the drab, olive, camouflage fatigues that came with military life, their vision for life after the military remained lucid. Founded in 2009, Stella Valle reflects the designers’ pursuit to live out their lifelong aspirations in fashion and design despite their unique past. Capitalizing on their military background, they fused their mechanical training with a strong, diverse aesthetic sense — And with the desire to create a brand that represented their innate sense of style and unique background – came Stella Valle.
You may have seen Stella Valle on Shark Tank, QVC , The View or in the pages of your favourite magazine! This is a hugely popular brand and a perfect gift recommendation for Valentine's Day!
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