As lockdown restrictions are slowly being eased across much of the world, many of us will have to adjust to a new lifestyle, one that will include opportunities to experiment and be bold with our clothes’ choices once again. Jewellery, much like many other accessories, plays a large part in this – with pieces inspired by art and design being one of the best ways to achieve a statement look. Here are four sculptural jewellery brands perfectly fusing art and fashion.
With sculptures of hers shown at museums and galleries in New York, Ariana Boussard-Reifel’s decision to merge her artistic talents with her passion for indigenous culture has helped her achieve celebrity recognition, from the likes of Beyoncé, Selena Gomez and Michelle Obama. The designer’s interpretations of tribal and ethnographic design appeal to women in a modern and timeless way and help preserve traditional silversmith skills in North Africa, through regular donations by the brand. Her most recent collection is heavily inspired by pan-cultural references, named Currents to describe how the migration of cultures flows together. Japanese, Egyptian and Scandinavian influences are just some of the cultures blended throughout the collection.
New York-based designer Annika Inez’s conceptual take on jewellery is inspired by her Swedish upbringing and her muses in the worlds of art and music, such as German dancer Pina Bausch, South-Korean musician Karen O and Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat. Aside from her ethically sourced gold and sterling silver designs, Inez’s contemporary hand blown glass forms are particularly standout in their minimalist sophistication and organic abstractness. Most noticeably seen in a rich blue colour, she transforms glass into hoops, ear cuffs and pendant earrings in a unique, must-have way.
Faris du Graf’s former career in architecture, although left behind to launch her jewellery line Faris in Seattle in 2012, has an obvious influence on the designer’s work. Du Graf mixes art and audacity, with pieces consistently resembling abstract artworks and sculptures. Her collections, full of daring and statement looks, have made her noticed within a fashion industry where jewellery is often so dainty and simplistic.
Since 2016, Paola Vilas has achieved global success through her collections of ‘wearable sculptures’, taking inspiration from her love of works by iconic artists such as Matisse, Klee, Chagall, Dali and Picasso. The Rio de Janeiro-based designer’s confident and innovative stance on jewellery is that it is a means to express her ideas about contemporary issues like feminism, which is most clear in her newest and sixth collection. The collection focuses on re-evaluating connotations of femininity and is made up of a series of intricate gold and silver-plated rings, necklaces and earrings capturing and normalising the naked female form.