I have to admit that I’ve never perused the bridal section of Shaun Leane’s website before, as I find that in far too many cases designers water things down far too much when it comes to a white metal/white stone ‘bridal’ ring. This, however, DOES NOT apply to Shaun Leane, much to my delight. His ‘Ariana’ ring is actually three interlocking rings that you can buy as a set or individually, say, for an anniversary. I don’t know if I could be that patient.
Gemfields, the colored gemstone ethical mining company, is offering for sale a small selection of the collaboration pieces designed this year by renowned jewelers. Exclusively available through CoutureLab, the six pieces are a wide range of styles and, of course, feature the beautiful stones that Gemfields is known for. Check out the full offering here.
Not a new piece, but it’s amazing enough to share anyway. Shaun Leane was commissioned to create a one-of-a-kind item for Boucheron’s 150th anniversary in 2008 and there is an interesting story about where the inspiration for this came from. Leane was having lunch at the Parisian Boucheron headquarters with the head of PPR, François-Henri Pinault, to discuss this project and saw a portrait of the Countess of Castiglione on the wall. It turns out that the countess had lived in the building in the 19th century and was a bit of a recluse, only leaving the apartment in the darkness of the night. The flower ‘Queen of the Night’ only blossoms at night and so was the basis of the piece. The necklace contains mechanisms that allow the flowers to open and close, which you can see in a video at the end of the post.
Talk about fortuitous timing! With emerald being the color of 2013 it’s the perfect opportunity for a major ad campaign for jewelry featuring the gemstone. Gemfields, who specializes in ethically mining emeralds in Zambia, has chosen Mila Kunis as the company’s first brand ambassador. A full ad campaign will be rolled out featuring pieces by Fabergé (recently acquired by Gemfields), Alexandra Mor, Dominic Jones and more.
Along with a revamped website in the spring, a new collaboration with 37 jewelry designers will be revealed in March.