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An In Depth Look at the Best Jewelry Art Collaborations

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Art and fashion collaborations are responsible for some of the most memorable moments in the fashion industry. These impressive and often limited edition collections have revolutionized the way in which we collect art, making the investment more accessible and to put it simply-more fashionable.

Although wearable art is available in various mediums such as printed scarves and clothing, jewelry art collaborations have put the wearable art industry on the luxury fashion sphere’s forefront. A main reason for this is because not only are acclaimed and renown global artists lending their top-notch skills, but the world’s leading style moguls and fashion brands are joining in cohorts to bring both the art and fashion industry the most unique and exclusive collections.

An In Depth Look at the Best Jewelry Art Collaborations

Sophia Webster and Tracey Emin

The jewelry-art collection is called “I Promise to Love You”, which references to artist Tracey Emin‘s iconic neon sign works, displays and animal sketches. Designer Sophia Webster refers to the collection saying “I love that the pieces are wearable works of art”.

Emin’s work is personal, humorous and honest-often representing intimate and personal life moment’s from her own life. Many refer to her artwork as “confessional art”.  Although the artist and designer Sophia Webster  have been long-time friends for over 40years, it was Emin’s neon signs that caught the major attention of the fashion designer.

Tracey made a neon for my Rodeo Drive store six years ago that read “I Promise To Love You” with the slogan sitting inside a heart. Tracey said she always thought ‘that’ neon belonged in a jewelry store, where people get engaged and buy wedding rings. That is a very Tracey way of looking at things. She was of course right and it was from then on that I started to look at Tracey’s work and knew that so much of it would translate perfectly into jewelry.”

The jewelry art collection includes bracelets, ear cuffs, pendants, earrings and rings that spell out in Emin-fashion lovey-dovey sayings like the collection’s namesake piece (“I Promise to Love You”), as well as “With You I Breathe,” “More Passion,” and “Love” with a heart and a kiss”. All of this written in the artists original script. Emin’s infamous figurative animals and woodland creatures such as the hare, owl, toad and kitten have been made into gold charms in the collection as well.

artTECA and Luz Maria Charlita

Luz María Charlita is a Venezuelan metalsmith and sculptor with a rich background in architecture. Her artistic career began with her passion for intricate shapes and forms. Charlita also used her inspiration of nature to fuse together wearable art jewelry and sculpture concepts, as her artistic career began in the early 1990s. Her works are characterized by their simplicity, attention to details, and perfect harmony within each piece. Charlita’s art has also been shown across various museums, galleries and art fairs.

Wearable art online fashion boutique artTECA has teamed up with the Venezuelan artist to offer handmade jewelry art wearers and collectors a chance to own an exclusive piece from the collection titled: Flur-which includes Elegant Gold Earrings, statement rings and so much more. Each piece is like it’s namesake collection, representing the intricate, romantic and geometric aspects of flowers and other natural elements. In this collection, each piece of jewelry is plated with either 18k gold or made with sterling silver, adding luxury and opulence to an already unique jewelry art piece.

Salvador Dalí and Duke Fulco di Verdura

The collection of jewels by Dalí and Verdure originates back to the 1940’s. During a 1941 interview with Vogue, artist Salvador Dalí said,  “Fulco and I have tried to discover whether it was the jewel that was for painting or painting for the jewel.”

The Spaniard artist Salvador Dalí is known as one of the most versatile and prolific artists of the twentieth century. However, his most famous contribution was that of leading the Surrealist Movement. Dalí led a successful career not only as a painter, but also used his artistic talent in sculpture, printmaking, fashion, advertising, writing, and even in filmmaking alongside cinematic moguls like Luis Buñuel and Alfred Hitchcock. Dalí’ took his early career influences from his fellow Spaniard artists Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, and developed his own flamboyant and colorful aesthetic.

This jewelry art collaboration has had a life well-traveled, first debuting at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York with an exhibition of the Dalí’s paintings too.  Next, the jewelry art pieces were displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York from November 1941 through January 1942 in conjunction with an exhibition on Dalí and Miró.  Afterwards, they went on a tour to at least eight museums around the country including the Cleveland Museum of Art, The California Legion of Honor and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Once the art tour came to an end, Standard Oil heiress Millicent Rogers bought three of the five pieces.  Her friend the Russian couturier Valentina picked up the Dogwood brooch composed of pink tourmalines and yellow sapphires. This jewel was included in a painting Dali did for a story about the collection in the October 1943 issue of Vogue.

Stylebop and CADA

Stylebop, an online designer boutique similar to it’s rival Net-a-Porter, was founded by German brother powerhouse Mario and Thorsten Eimuth. The ten year old online fashion behemoth partnered with acclaimed fine jewelry company CADA and brought to life a wearable art collection that put a spotlight on some of world’s most prominent artists, bringing their work to life in shimmering and shining jewelry pieces. Artists included were Aaron Curry, Andy Hope and Jonathan Meese.

One half of the Stylebop team, Mario Eimuth, spoke about the collaboration: “Collecting art is something very personal. When CADA approached us that is exactly what resonated about the project – the personal feel. It was a true collaboration; the artists were using jewellery and its techniques as a new medium, a fresh way of expression. We loved that seamless fusion and all of the amazing pieces it yielded. They really are wearable works of art.”

The artists in this jewelry art collaboration worked to transport their impressive artwork into new mediums, transforming their art into a different scale, on unique surfaces and new materials. Each piece in the collection is distinctive and pays tribute to each of the artists’ unique artistic process and vision, using precious materials, from gold and sapphires to diamonds.

LizWorks and Ippolita Rostagno

Lizworks, a liaison company between artists and brands that connect the two to create one-of-a-kind collections, and Jewelry mogul Ippolota Rostagno brought to life the wearable art jewelry collection: Charmed. You guessed it, the collection centers on charms customized by a group of seven currently renown and acclaimed female artists including Laurie Simmons, Shirin Neshat, Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, Rachel Feinstein, Mickalene Thomas, and Wangechi Mutu. Swig explains, “The charm has been used by women to connect, share, and save memories from generation to generation,” she says. “This bracelet elevates a piece of jewelry to a piece of art.”

As each artist’s masterpieces were transformed into wearable pieces of jewelry, collectors are given the opportunity to keep these personal trinkets, that celebrate the unique history of life of each artist. Designer Ippolita Rostagno says the pieces are “emblems of meaning, evidence of memories, and tokens of love.”

An In Depth Look at the Best Jewelry Art Collaborations continued…

Now that we have shared a look into wearable art as full collections of jewelry art, we want to share some stand alone pieces of jewelry that were designed by some of the world’s leading artists throughout the years.

Man Ray

In the 1960s, Man Ray began to work closely with Italian firm Gem Montebello, which was known for creating some of the most creative jewelry of the era. As a highly sought-after fashion photographer, Man Ray incorporated his distinct avant-garde jewellery into shoots with celebrities such as Catherine Deneuve, who was pictured wearing his spiralling Pendantif-Pendant earrings in 1968.

Picasso’s muse

This gold medallion displays a portrait of Jacqueline Roque, Picasso’s second wife and his last known muse. The two spent the last 20 years of the artist’s life together. For 17 of those years she was the only woman he painted and was the person most present across the course of Picasso’s career.

Roberto Matta

Roberto Matta (1911-2002), Cacastrello, 1974. Gold and glass-bead necklace with gold pendants in the shape of bats inlaid with diamond, moissanite and rubies.

This gold and glass bead necklace was crafted in 1974 and features three golden bats and their precious stone eyes, which were diamonds, moissanite and rubies. Throughout his career, Matta often explored jewelry as a medium of his art as he was known as one of the leading artists of the Surrealist movement. The Chilean artist also created paintings, murals and films which allowed his body of art a medium of living beings and forms.

Braque’s bird

This gold ring features an emblazoned black bird with wings outstretched. The jewelry piece references one of Georges Braque’s most frequently visited symbols: a bird in flight. He described the symbol  as the “summing up” of all of his art from the late 1940s until Braque’s death in 1963. The most profound and largest example of his subject of a bird in flight is painted across a ceiling in the Louvre.

Claude Lalanne

Claude Lalanne (b. 1925), Papillon necklace, circa 1989. Gilt bronze.

Born in Paris in 1925, Claude Lalanne is best known as half of the artistic duo Les Lalanne. Claude worked with her husband François-Xavier to create sculptural commissions for clients such as Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Bergé and the city of Paris. Reoccurring subjects of her art were foliage and vegetation, and animals like delicate gilded butterflies.


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