Rapaport Magazine

Designer Lines

By Amber Michelle

Top to bottom: Diamond bead and coin necklace from 1884 Collection, chimpanzee charm by Alex Woo, ring by Matthieu Cheminée.

Jewelry designer Alex Woo has joined forces with Disney to create two signature eco-friendly charms inspired by the 2012 Disneynature movie release, “Chimpanzee.” The film opened on April 20th to coincide with Earth Day 2012. Twenty percent of the net proceeds generated by the sale of these charms will be donated to the Jane Goodall Institute to help fund the organization’s See “Chimpanzee,” Save Chimpanzees program. Oscar, the baby chimpanzee, is the main character in the film and the inspiration for each charm. The vines in the design represent people, animals and the environment and the synergy among the three. The sterling silver or 14-karat gold pendants are made from sustainable resources and crafted in New York City.

History and legends, symbols of Rome and fashion are the impetus behind the 1884 Collection by Alberto Petochi, a sixth-generation artist from an historic Roman jewelry family. Ancient Roman coins featuring three different emperors who made a positive historical impact are the focal point of the collection, which includes rings, bracelets and necklaces — including a diamond chain. In addition, the 1884 Collection has partnered with the Make A Wish Foundation to give children with a life-threatening illness the opportunity to travel to Italy. In keeping with the tradition of wishing on a coin, every consumer who purchases a piece of the1884 Collection jewelry is given a certificate to register their piece online, along with a wish. A coin is then tossed into the Trevi Fountain in Rome on their behalf.

Parisian native Matthieu Cheminée discovered jewelry making in Taos, New Mexico, where he became enamored with the culture of Native Americans. He studied jewelry making with the Navajo, Zuni and Hopi for seven years before moving to Mali in West Africa, where he continued to study the jewelry craft. He later moved to Montreal, Canada, where he trained in the classical art of jewelry making and where he continues to live and work. His jewelry is on display at the Aaron Faber Gallery in New York City as part of the Jewelry Artists of Quebec exhibition. To give back to the community in Africa that helped him so much, Cheminée has been filming jewelry-making techniques in Guinea, Mali and Niger and then teaching a jewelry-making class based on these techniques in Montreal. The proceeds from the classes are split with the African jewelers. A course that was done on filigree with African jeweler Ibrahima Condé has generated enough money for him to be able to open his own shop in Conakry, Guinea. Cheminée also is working with a nongovernmental organization (NGO) in Guinea to open a school for those jewelers who wish to further develop their skills and to teach women, street children and people with disabilities a trade they may not have otherwise had a chance to learn.

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