Diane Kordas creates jewellery that stands out for its spare, clean lines – with a touch of edge. “I believe jewellery should be both casual and classic – but above all timeless,” the designer muses.
Fusing delicacy with strength, Diane fashions finely-crafted designs that channel a sleek femininity. And the designer casts her net wide for inspiration. Her Eclipse collection takes its cues from lunar landscapes and the Cubism movement, with pieces such as the Eclipse ring, which resembles a cluster of crystals. And the graphic Pop Art collection highlights colourful diamonds and strong shapes, inspired by Roy Lichtenstein’s work. The designs are crafted in 18k gold, with pavé diamonds and sapphires another hallmark of Diane’s work.
Now based in London, Diane was born in New York and studied at the city’s Parsons School of Design, working as a fashion designer before turning her hand to jewellery. It was trips to Greece with her husband (who hails from the country) that first sparked Diane’s interest in the art of adornment. After being inspired by the work of craftsmen she discovered in Athens, Diane launched her line in 2000, debuting with her Evil Eye collection – based on the ancient Mediterranean talisman – that remains part of her range today. And Greek mythology has found its way into her designs, too, with Diane’s Armour collection drawing on ancient Greek warriors’ garb, with pieces such as the 18k rose gold Diamond Armour Choker.
But while Diane’s creations might make a statement, the designer says that she wants them to be worn “every day.” Indeed, she notes that many of her pieces would work just as well with ripped jeans as they would an evening dress. These are designs imbued with a chic, laid-back glamour.
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