THE CONTEMPORARY JEWEL AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE, ARTISTAR JEWELS 2017
For the fourth edition of Artistar Jewels this year, I was part of an esteemed judging panel to find the best contemporary jewellery designer for 2017.
For the past seven years, Founder Enzo Carbone has brought Artistar Jewels to the world stage to promote well-known and emerging artists. This was the first time the gala event was held at the Giureconsulti Palace during Fashion Week in Milan.
It was an honour being among some of the most prestigious names in the business, including Elisabetta Barracchia – Editor of Vogue Accessory and Creative Director of the Fashion Department of Vanity Fair, Mariastella Campi – Fashion Journalist, Bianca Cappello – Historiana and critic of jewelry, Gianni De Liguoro, and Guido Solari. It was our job to judge 142 international designers from more than 30 countries and over 350 creations. We judged each piece based on technique, experimentation, originality and research.
The winners for Artistar Jewels 2017 are Russian designer Evgeniia Balashova; Italian artist Emanuele Leonardi and the Icelandic designer Anna Maria Pitt. Winners will be featured in next year’s show in 2018, together with a spot in the show’s accompanying book. Each designer will be available for sale online at artistarjewels.com. On top of all that, one lucky winner will have the rare opportunity to work with the De Liguoro brand.
I fell in love with Artisticalmente by Emanuele Leonardi – a 2016 Artistar winner and one of the show’s most popular designers. This year the judges couldn’t resist his neckpiece called, Valutazione del Rischio (or Risk Assessment). Made of wood, leather and bronze, it depicts our desire to reach out and grab hold of our heart’s desire no matter what the risk.
You can really seem the architectural influence in this next piece by Reem Jano. Inspired by art, fashion, geometry and the colourful culture of Egypt, there’s a little bit of Reem in every design. The Piano-Piani piece is pure perfection, made of sterling silver, finished in matte gold plate and a smattering of pearls – my favourite!
To cap it all off, this gorgeous piece by Russian sculptor, Dashi Namdakov called the Eternity Pendant is a beautiful rendition of a magician in 18k yellow gold, white gold and pink spinel, sapphire, beryl, rhodolite and citrine. Lots of texture and sculptural movement in this piece.
I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery.
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