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Our designers – among them Bibi van der Velden, Fernando Jorge, Ana Khouri, Noor Fares, Pamela Love, Venyx and Ileana Makri – have worked over the years to hone their expertise in fine jewellery. Some have studied at prestigious specialist institutions from the Gemological Institute of America and the Florence Academy of Arts to Parsons and Central Saint Martins. And yet, none of them have trodden a traditional path. Instead, it is innovation, new skills and a degree of rebellion that helps to set them apart.
Together, they’ve introduced new life and novel ideas into the fine jewellery sphere, until now dominated by an unyielding establishment that before their arrival was becoming somewhat staid.
This band of jewellers are actively re-evaluating and redefining what “precious” actually means. Take Bibi van der Velden who elevates 40,000-year-old woolly mammoth tusk, by carving into elaborate shapes to become her intricate ‘Sea Horse Ring’ or a “Crocodile Bangle”, and considers it precious because it’s ancient, recycled and rare.
Likewise, Eugenie Niarchos the designer behind London-based Venyx line finds beauty in unusual stones such as moss agate and boulder opals, with is phosphorescent-like interior sparkle. Another favourite is labradorite that she’s used to fashion the beautiful ‘Theiya Obscura’ ring, which sparkles like the night sky.
“There’s almost a misplacement of old jewellery techniques,” says Fernando Jorge of his work. Known for organic-looking jewellery that follows the lines of the body, his pieces work age-old techniques in a modern, progressive way. With his ‘Fusion’ cocktail ring the designer sets stone upon stone to create the impression of jagged, tiny diamonds “evaporating” over an opal. “It’s not something new,” Fernando says of his workmanship, “but the way I’m trying to use it is fresh. It’s not about making it a status symbol…it’s purely for the magic of the result.”
Auverture is the only online destination to bring such a broad line-up of talent together, with each collection expertly curated and offered in significant depth.