Admirers of both fine jewellery and fine art are in for a rare treat this week with the unveiling of Timeless Blue, a collaboration between venerable jeweller Buccellati and art gallery Wildenstein & Company. The two have joined forces to create five one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by impressionist and post-impressionist masterworks from Wildenstein, and Thursday March 12 marks their debut at Buccellati’s new five-storey flagship in New York.
The five original pieces for sale (price on request) have been conceived by Buccellati’s president and creative director Andrea Buccellati with his daughter Lucrezia, the marque’s first female designer. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these unique gems will go to Save Venice, an organisation dedicated to the preservation and restoration of important buildings and works of art throughout the Adriatic city.
Each of the stunning, intricately handmade pieces is at once modern and timeless. A white gold cuff using a tulle technique takes its inspiration from Winslow Homer’s ethereal Light Blue Sea at Prout’s Neck, a watercolour depiction of undulating waves off coastal Maine. Buccellati’s lace-like interpretation incorporates 294 brilliant-cut diamonds that impart a similar sense of the tumultuous sea and the forces of nature. A traditional honeycomb style is evident in The Spider’s Web, a chunky ring (first picture) after Russian artist Mikhail Larionov’s painting (second picture) of the same name. The dazzling ring features a diamond-encrusted arachnid set atop a yellow gold web and accented with white gold detailing. Claude Monet’s Storm on the Coast of Belle-Ile (fourth picture) has led to the creation of a pair of pendant earrings (third picture) made from white gold, 2.54ct Paraíba tourmalines and 5.06ct diamonds.
Pierre Bonnard’s Two Vases of Flowers has been interpreted in a brooch/pendant of brilliant-cut yellow diamonds that mimic the painting’s mimosas, while Odilon Redon’s The Fall of Phaëton – a pastel picture depicting horses in flight – has inspired delicate wing-like earrings that appear to float on the wearer’s lobe.
Each of the pieces will be displayed next to the painting that has inspired it, so the day promises to be a glittering, artful affair…