Rapaport Magazine

Designer Lines

By Amber Michelle
Trained as a sculptor, Somers Randolph creates pieces for his Somers Jewelry Collection that are miniature works of art. Each design starts as a soapstone sculpture hand-carved by the artist and then molded, cast and hand-finished in either sterling silver or gold. Flowing and tactile, the geometric forms of the jewelry harmonize with the body and are at once modern and timeless.
   The Queen Vee collection is jewelry with a story, says designer
Veronica Boertee-Tabet. Originally from Los Angeles, Boertee-Tabet moved to Beirut, Lebanon, when she married a Lebanese man. When she arrived in Lebanon, she was inspired to design jewelry that tells the story of love, or the complexities of being a woman. Influenced by the city of Beirut and its mix of ancient and contemporary, Boertee-Tabet creates pieces that are classic yet modern, strong but feminine. Her signature piece, The Stinger, was inspired by a queen bee, who is sweet like honey, but stings if provoked, requiring that it be handled thoughtfully and carefully. The jewelry, designed to be worn as a talisman, is handcrafted in the Middle East.

   Congratulations to Dr. Friedrich Wille and his wife Simone Grunberger-Wille of Austrian jewelry firm FreyWille, who were given the 2014 LOOT Award for Contemporary Art Jewelry during the Museum of Arts And Design’s (MAD) LOOT: MAD About Jewelry exhibition and sale. Celebrating its 14th year, LOOT is a platform for studio and art jewelry worldwide, displaying the work of 50 artists from 22 countries. Proceeds from LOOT benefit the museum’s exhibition and educational programs. MAD is committed to presenting jewelry as an art form and to exploring the process and materials used in its creation. FreyWille, the 63-year-old company with stores located around the globe, is best known for its enamel and gold jewelry, sometimes accented with diamonds. Inspiration is drawn from the work of Gustav Klimt and Claude Monet among others. For the fourth year, the Silver Institute/Silver Promotion Service was one of the sponsors of LOOT, with a number of artists creating jewelry in silver. The designers used innovative techniques to create their designs, from oxidization to cast string, filigree, chain mail and by mixing silver with materials including wood, resin, colored gemstones and historic engravings.

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