ANA KHOURI “ESSENCE” HAUTE JOAILLERIE, PARIS COUTURE WEEK 2018
Hot on the heels of Paris Haute Couture and four days of fashion shows comes the latest collections of high jewellery from many of the world’s top jewellery brands like Buccellati, Dior, Chanel, De Beers, Piaget, Chaumet, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chopard, Louis Vuitton, David Yurman, Ana Khouri, Lydia Courteille and more. To fully embrace this event and give you a real sense of the jewellery I tried on, I put together some video highlights for GEMOLOGUE IGTV.
My next appointment with Ana Khouri Jewellery was only a quick walk away at Hall Des Maréchaux next to Musée Des Arts Decoratifs. Like a true curator, Ana Khouri presented her jewelry art to me, walking me through each piece of jewellery as well as her sculptures. It was a glance into her thinking process and what goes into Ana Khouri Jewellery.
Watch my firsthand experience on GEMOLOGUE IGTV.
Ana Khouri is a Brazilian designer based in New York and I felt an instant connection with her. Ana and I both attended GIA in NYC. Plus I have a thing for Brazilian jewellery designers and recently became the face of Silvia Furmanovich Botanica Collection.
Ana stunned me with her attention to detail, perfectionism and seriousness. She presented her jewellery collection with beautiful models in long, white dresses and no shoes. It was the inspiration for my jewellery photography. Like performance art, each human exhibit showcased Ana Khouri earrings embracing their lobes and Ana Khouri diamond ear cuffs. Only Marina Abramović was missing!
A trained artist, Khouri draws upon her sculptural background to create new possibilities in jewellery design. You can really see the influence of her favourite (and also mine) sculptors Alexander Calder and Richard Serra.
“The only way to create something new is to make something that is extremely personal. You have to strip away the nonessential, distill what remains into its pure form, and channel only that energy essential to who you are in your work.” ANA KHOURI
Ana Khouri designs reflect a belief that jewellery, more than any other item creates a deep connection with the wearer. I cannot agree with her more.
For this collection, Ana Khouri collaborated with the now controversial GEMFIELDS for responsibly sourced Zambian emeralds, and ethically and responsibly sourced diamonds, rubies, sapphires, South Sea Pearls, tanzanite, and tourmaline (paraiba, among others). All pieces are 18k fair-mined gold or platinum.
For Khouri, designing jewelry is about creating balance with the body and shaping a piece to move gracefully on the wearer. Of course I had to test this theory and try her creations on! There is something religious about trying on an artist’s work and feeling the energy of the designer next to your skin. It certainly gave me the inspiration for this jewellery blog!
I was drawn to her pearl designs and can’t wait to see more next time I’m in NYC. Check out her sexy ear cuffs and unusual ANA KHOURI engagement ring settings on GEMOLOGUE IGTV.
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If there were such a thing as a jewellery blogging success guide, then my joyful journey through Paris Haute Couture week would certainly stand out. I feel so privileged to be able to share it with you all. For me, this is success.
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GEMOLOGUE by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring exquisite global discoveries, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews.
GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.
Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.
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