TABAYER’S OERA COLLECTION SHOWN THROUGH THE EYES OF LIZA URLA: COUTURE LAS VEGAS 2022 HIGHLIGHTS
The TABAYER Oera collection draws upon ancient wisdom, spiritual protection and a sculptural abstract of gold and diamonds. First launched at Paris Fashion Week in autumn 2021, the collection will now travel to COUTURE 2022 at Wynn Las Vegas held from June 9-12. I met with Tabayer founder Nigora Tokhtabayeva in Paris to get an intimate look at this timeless yet modern jewellery collection.
As you know, I won’t recommend any jewels without trying them on myself first. So when I have the opportunity to photograph jewels up close, it is a truly precious and meditative experience. I really get to know the pieces, how they’re crafted, designed and polished, so I can show you my favourite pieces in the best possible light.
CLEAN, MODERN AESTHETIC
There is a voluptuous spirit to the TABAYER Oera collection that is captured in the jewels’ asymmetrical, curvaceous design. It is so empowering, you don’t want to take the jewels off! A fusion of sculpture and ornament with the kind of modern appeal we all crave in jewellery. The Oera collection is fresh, abstract and perfectly in tune with today’s current jewellery trends.
SYMBOL OF PROTECTION
Inspired by the ancient Sumerian goddess of love, fertility, protection and justice, the TABAYER Oera collection centres around a single motif—Inanna’s knot—a sacred symbol of protection. Infused with sculptural elements taken from the Modernist sculptures of American artists Isamu Noguchi and Alexander Archipenko, the Oera collection brings ancient and modern together in a contemporary, asymmetrical style that speaks to every woman.
Bringing traditional craftsmanship together with socially responsible practices, the TABAYER Oera collection is crafted in a family run Italian factory, which is a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council. It is not just the symbol of protection that Tokhtabayeva strongly believes in. The brand shows a deep commitment to protecting the earth and its inhabitants. This means that every piece in the TABAYER collection is crafted from environmentally conscious and ethically sourced materials, such as Fairmined gold from responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organisations that promote social development and environmental protection and conflict-free Kimberley-certified diamonds.
“Protection is about principles. If what you wear says something about who you are, then exploitation and environmental destruction are unacceptable.” — Nigora Tokhtabayeva
Curating a jewellery collection is an art. I’ve put together my favourite pieces from the Oera collection, together with some styling tips to help you choose. Please let me know in the comments below which pieces are your favourites and of course, feel free to visit TABAYER on Instagram to explore other designs.
The TABAYER Oera collection will make you feel protected and connected to ancient traditions and wisdom.
Take a look at the unique way Tokhtabayeva uses to mark the TABAYER signature. All Oera are based on one motif – an abstracted interpretation of Inanna’s knot – a coiled bundle of reeds that in ancient Mesopotamia were placed on houses for protection. Each piece features a subtle mark – a line reminiscent of the tie that held the bundle of reeds together. An elegant way to leave TABAYER brand’s mark.
PERFECT FOR STACKING
Ring stacking will never go out of style. So when you choose another ring for your jewellery collection, think about how you can layer it with your existing ring collection. TABAYER rings are not only perfect for stacking with other rings, they look fabulous stacked together. With a few delicate rings from the Oera collection, you can transform your look from daytime to cocktail hour.
Don’t be shy with your rings! Stack several rings together! A fabulous cocktail ring, delicate wedding brand, solitaire ring and trendy TABAYER ring can all work in harmony to create the perfect stack. There are no rules about the order of stacking, it is all about experimenting. Space out different styles and play with proportions until you achieve the look you want. Call it an interior design exercise!
OERA BRACELET PAVED WITH DIAMONDS
A timeless design perfect for stacking with a delicate touch of diamonds, the TABAYER Oera bracelet comes with a flawless clasp (my favourite part). It is a stylish addition to the modern take on layering. Bracelet stacking is only tasteful and sensual when they are sculptural and tell a story. Thoughtfully curated wrist stacking is the ultimate goal.
I believe jewels need to be worn in order to be appreciated, and the real test for me is whether the piece sits comfortably against my skin! Oera Bracelets pass the test and are a delight to wear. I just love the asymmetrical design and how the burnished edges seem to unite into one solid piece on my wrist when stacked together.
The Oera bracelet is available in yellow & white 18k Fairmined gold and paved with a spray of diamonds totalling 0.69ct.
OERA RING WITH DIAMOND
I like to call this ring a little treasure with a modern design that I just love. A protective knot of warm gold, like a mini sculpture with a big impact, suitable for any wardrobe and punctuated with a complementary, circular white diamond.
The TABAYER Oera ring is available in 18k Fairmined yellow gold with a 0.05ct diamond
OERA HOOP PAVED WITH DIAMONDS
A unique interpretation of the hoop earring, subtle asymmetry brings these gold earrings to life with a cluster of sparkling diamonds. An essential finishing touch to your look. I love how the earrings gently click together to hug my earlobes. Hoops are a must for every jewellery box and these are going to be a new addition for mine this summer.
Available in 18k Fairmined yellow and white gold, paved with diamonds totalling 0.85ct
LARGE OERA HOOPS PAVED WITH DIAMONDS
For an even bigger impact, these large TABAYER Oera gold hoop earrings will energise and leave you feeling protected no matter what! Earrings are worn to attract energy and vibrations that align with your natural, inner rhythm. With burnished gold and a spray of diamonds to radiate energy and illuminate your face, these sculptural earrings are sure to make a statement.
Available in 18k Fairmined yellow and white gold, paved with diamonds totalling 2.31ct
OERA RING PAVED WITH DIAMONDS
A perfect pairing to go with the TABAYER Oera bracelet, this band of burnished gold features a flourish of beautiful diamonds at its tip. Stacking two of these rings together will give you double the protection!
Available in 18k Fairmined yellow and white gold, paved with diamonds totalling 0.18ct
OERA PENDANT PAVED WITH DIAMONDS
A sculptural pendant with a beautiful chain design, I promise you will fall in love with its clasp! It’s the first time I haven’t struggled or had to ask my husband to help me with the clasp! Brilliantly executed! Bravo TABAYER!
Try out different looks for layering your necklaces by placing them on a table or flat surface. Then you can play around with the order (without struggling with the clasps!) until you create the look you like the best. I love to style the Oera pendant in white gold with its mini version in yellow gold. Feels so fresh to mix and match colours of gold.
Available in 18k Fairmined white and yellow gold, paved with diamonds totalling 0.48ct.
LARGE VERSION OERA RING PAVED WITH DIAMONDS
A voluptuous statement ring worthy of any occasion, this Oera ring possesses a fluidity and dynamic energy that sparkles with modern-set diamonds.
Available in 18k Fairmined yellow and white gold, paved with diamonds totalling 0.47ct
MINI VERSION OERA PENDANT
A feminine, sculptural knot encircling a gold chain is the perfect kind of necklace for layering, which is as popular as ever. As a symbol of fertility and protection, this gold knot pendant is at once soft and delicate and bold.
Available in 18k Fairmined yellow and white gold.
The Oera collection features 15 designs in a number of variations, set purely in a pleasing palette of yellow or white gold, diamonds and diamond pavé. Perfect for any style and fashion.
This new symbol of protection based on ancient wisdom is quickly finding appreciation amongst jewellery lovers everywhere. The Oera jewellery collection by TABAYER is available online at Moda Operandi and Saks. To shop the full collection including single earrings go to Tabayer website.
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