Immortalized Jewelry: Women’s Adornment in Historic Paintings.

With the launch of the Google arts and culture iPhone app, lots of people started to wonder…”Do I look like the Mona Lisa?”  The answer, for 99% of the inquires is sadly no… In some cases, the supposed matches could be quite a surprise.

The app, the new exhibits focusing on women artists in various museums, and Gucci’s recreated paintings by Ignasi Monreal have gotten us in the mood for the classics! In their spirit wee decided to explore the paintings of great masters and create an homage to the jewelry of some of our favorite works of art.  So our contributor Deanna has created a get the look using various current artists, vintage pieces, and items from the shop.

Girl with a Pearl Earring
by Johannes Vermeer

Housed at Mauritshuis

Minimalistic Pearl Earrings

Gucci – Single Earring with Pearls
$620

Catherine Canino – Sterling Silver Pearl Drop Earrings
$98

The Princesse de Broglie
by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
source:http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/461017

Next Level Neoclassical Parisian


Kendra Scott – Decker Beaded Tassel Earrings

$150

Sollis – Russa Tassel Earrings

$98 AUD

Sarara Couture – Line Vautrin Gilt Heart Medallion Necklace

$5,500

Sarara Couture – 60s Goldette Medallion Necklace
$255
The Real Real – 18K Diamond Enamel Bracelet 
$3,995

Vittoria Colonna
by Jules Joseph Lefebvre

Jules Lefebvre [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Gold Leaf Everything

Gucci – Metal Leaves Headband
$1,820

Urban Outfitters – Golden Flower Halo Headband
$20

Sarara Couture – Les Bernard – Relic Coin Necklace
$255

Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird
by Fida Kahlo

Photo: Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust Bohemian Punk Rock

World Market – Geometric Turban Headband
$9.99

Gucci – Crystal Studded Butterfly Brooch 
$450
Vintage Taxco Mexican Butterfly Brooch. Coming soon. 

Ash + Ames – Lattice Gold Neck Cuff 
$225

Sarara Coutoure – Brutalist Oversized Leaf Necklace
$425

Sarara’s Personal Edit

Gustav Klimt Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer 

Gustav Klimt – 1. The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH. 2. Neue Galerie New Yor

      Magical Modern Woman

Sarara Couture Good Luck Eye Earrings

$115

Our Good Luck Eye earrings, the perfect reflection of her dress details.

Bona Drag – Andra Neen – Spar Cage Choker
$675

Irene Neuwirth Jewelry

Portrait Of Marie Antoinette De Habsbourg Lorraine

Portrait Of Marie Antoinette De Habsbourg Lorraine (oil on canvas), French School, (18th century). Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library. Possibly the Hope Diamond on her chest.

The Romantics 

*Deanna Dewey is a contributor at AllRecipes and has worked freelance on publications such as Better Homes and Gardens.

Jewelry Report Card: Didier London, the best of art jewelry!

 

This Sunday’s jewelry report card is a walk through the art jewelry gallery Didier, London.  Each weekend we bringing you our pick for the best online visual jewelry destination on instagram. The accessories accounts we choose also present either a visual feast both on and off instagram or offer unique storefronts as well.   It’s rare that someone excites and surprises us weekly, but this is one such case. Didier’s collection holds works of jewelry art by Calder, Picasso, Man Ray, Louise Nevelson and well beyond. People are catching on too, recent press includes magazines and newspapers. Their jewelry bridges iconic and interesting artist made jewelry pieces of non fine as well as fine material.  I’ve followed them for a little while on instagram, indulging in their posts, which often feature a beautiful model wearing the sculptural works. One such example they have for sale, is a personal favorite of mine created by Italian designer Getulio Alviani. Called “the ear disc” it was photographed in fashion magazines and created in 1965 in aluminum. His jewelry combines technology, architectural, and sculptural aspects. More information via this article link.  

monorecchio

Didier, Ltd recently opened an online storefront, which provides us more access to offerings that they normally show at events like the Winter Antiques Show in New York City. Their gallery, now in Kensington, was originally opened in 2006 by Didier and Martine Haspeslagh. As with the two owners, they also have not one but two instagram destinations. The second is @artistjewel, which we also follow.  Below, is the vintage image of the Arnaldo Pomodoro positive negative rings, followed by the one that Didier, Ltd owns.

Instagram can serve for the jewelry lover, as a place to be surprised, enthralled, and further educated about great jewelry. Didier’s account does just this, as they regularly post images of unique and rare pieces. Their offerings include such spectacular accessories by Harry Bertoia, Karel Appel, Max Ernst and other modern design masters, that it makes it hard to choose what pieces we like best. Below are some snaps of our favorite instagram images from both accounts:

 

 

*Images by Didier, London via their online store and instagram account.

Sunday Jewelry Report Card: Tactile Offerings From Charolette Garnett

 

What if there was jewelry that excited the senses and calmed the anxious fingers?  Well, there is, enter Charolette Garnett. Her instagram and jewelry are the focus of our A++ Sunday jewelry report card rating this week. Just looking at her work, which I stumbled upon via instagram, has me a notch calmer. Not to mention taking all of that out, the pieces are just beautiful and sculptural. Charolette is a British graduate and works out of Alexander McQueen Sarabande studios. She is one to watch in the fashion jewelry art world. Her future seems bright. She combines textures, feelings, and emotion into her rings and other pieces. I have a list started of the jewelry I’d love to have that I am including here. Her instagram account was picked by the blog because, although relatively new, it is extremely visually pleasing. There is also something exciting about following someone who is in a phase of grow and will be producing new ideas for us to partake in. Featured recently in publications like Harper’s Bazaar Brazil and more her audience is on the rise.

New previews of things to come via her instagram account!

Her newest objects of desire mix ebony, 18K, bronze, and resin… These “pebbles are quite magical.

My obsession:

Christie’s Is Auctioning Off Jewelry as Art Again and We’re Calling Dibs (For You)

christies billboy 60s necklace

Christies auction house is set to auction off true little works of art that can be worn daily or just gazed at lovingly in your boudoir! What makes jewelry art? Well, I think we all know rarer bijoux examples, often made by hand such as Calder, Line Vautrin, or Louise Nevelson. They are art. However, in my mind jewelry is almost always an art form. And Christie’s is confirming it with their second Art as Jewellery auction Nov 6th –19th. Pieces can be perused online or at 20 Rockefeller Center Galleries from the 4th –13th.

Of course we agree completely with their inclusion of handmade jewelry by BillyBoy* whose pieces have multiple layers and contain relics of couture past, such as glass sourced from Mme Gripoix long ago. Although, the plethora of works by artists here are sure to add to your definition of jewelry as art!

BillyBoy* 1980s example featuring older couture elements in the design.

See some of our favorite Christies picks that could be yours next week!

Man Ray Brooch

Louise Nevelson necklace

Alexander Calder

Corneille. L’Oiseau

BillyBoy*

Pablo Picasso

 

*All images via Christies.com. Click the pic to visit the page.