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Welcoming in the new guard

At Auverture, part of what sparked our idea for this exciting new concept was a desire to showcase the work of an emerging new guard of fine jewellery designers. These creatives, artists who work from cities across the globe, bring with them a fresh, exciting, experimental approach.

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.

 

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Summer looks better with the Buttercup Yellow bracelet

Last week we have launched our 2nd Auverture United rainbow bracelet. Called the Buttercup Yellow, this bracelet is  a limited edition of 50 pieces and Designed by Auverture’s founder Bibi van der Velden in collaboration with British artist and designer Christopher Thompson Royds.   The design’s braided fabric bracelet is in a pale, shimmering yellow that brings to mind

2 July 2020

The Buttercup Yellow bracelet, in collaboration with Christopher Thompson Royds

For the second piece in our Auverture Rainbow Bracelet series, we’ve collaborated with British artist and designer Christopher Thompson Royds. Christopher joined Auverture earlier this year, and his jewellery stands out for how it captures the wild, untamed beauty of the natural world in precious form.   Having studied jewellery and metalwork at London’s Royal

19 June 2020

Our ambition with Auverture United : make a long term impact in the fine jewellery industry

Auverture began in 2016 as an online destination for creative fine jewellery that celebrates individuality. At the time, we launched by gathering a community of 10 like-minded designers who shared that same vision and objective.   Four years later, as our beloved community of designers, customers, and followers has grown, our mission remains the same.

19 June 2020
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