April 2011 - Andrew Geoghegan

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Shawish to unveil carved diamond ring

Swiss jewellery house Shawish is set to unveil a world first – a diamond ring carved entirely and directly from a chunk of diamond rough, dubbed ‘The World’s First Diamond Ring’.

A special event will take place on April 14 in London, presenting and charting the creation of the ring from original sketches to final design. The ring is unique as it’s composed entirely from a diamond, with the faceted band carved directly into the stone.

London has been selected as the city to present the exclusive invitation-only event at Il Bottaccio, on Grosvenor Place. Brothers Mohamed Shawesh and Majdy Shawesh, who co-serve as the brand’s CEO &
president, are the brains behind the unusual design.

Drawing inspiration from a variety of global cultures, Shawish sees jewellery as a way to “enhance a woman’s femininity and beauty.”

The Shawish flagship store is found in Geneva’s cathedral square.

via ProfessionalJeweller.com.

Now this I am looking forward to seeing. The cost of this must have been spectacular mainly because of the fact that there would have to be a hole (for the finger)! I have a funny feeling that sizing may be a bit of a bugger! Our diamond rings are modest in comparison but if you click unusual engagement rings you will be welcomed by one of the most eclectic collections of diamond rings in the UK.

Faberge Cubed!

Russian high jewellery brand Faberge has unveiled a collection of one-off, couture jewellery designs inspired by Fauvism and Constructivism at BaselWorld 2011. Described as “In tune with the Bauhaus and Cubism, the striking Constructivism capsule collection includes the Dissonance earrings and a chunky white gold bangle with enamel, diamonds and Russian demantoid garnets aquamarines, sapphires, Paraiba tourmalines and beryls. The new designs are said to be inspired by the art of Rodchenko and Popova. Faberge also showed a more organic collection inspired by Fauvism, as part of its wider Les Fabuleuses collection. Les Fauves showed off sparkling couture jewellery, taking inspiration from Russian painting, literature, music and ballet, inspired by the work of Diaghilev – with whom Carl Faberge was acquainted – Stravinsky, Nijinsky, Malevich and Kandinsky and Matisse.It is said that Ballet Russes dancers were regularly gifted Faberge jewellery by admirers, and often danced on stage wearing Faberge diamond-set tiaras. Les Fauves collection is, as a result, a fluid collection taking the colours and shapes of the ballet and artistic movements of the early 1900s.

via ProfessionalJeweller.com.

Like many art students, Cubism and Bauhaus were particular movements that inspired me so these Faberge earrings really caught my eye. Where as there is a trend with jewellery to really emphasise the three dimensional nature of the forms, these pieces reverse that trend. The two dimensional aspect of the earrings are the first thing that hit you – clever and beautifully resolved jewellery!