Rusty metal and diamonds? Yes, we can!
Black gold, Opale and diamonds necklace
Some designers are genuinely ahead of their time. The Armenian-French Jean Vendome was a pioneer and opened many new doors for contemporary jewellery. His son, Thierry Vendome, joined him in the 80s and they worked together until 2003, when Thierry opened his own workshop-gallery in Le Marais, Paris.
When Jean Vendome retired in 2007, he left his son some faithful clients and the taste of applying precious metal and stones to common and unusual materials, using high craftsmanship. Thierry Vendome said about his work: "To me, that is taking the idea of Haute Joaillerie and turning it on its head".
"My work is about chaos and showing the beauty in it", he explained, about his jewels made with original materials, coarse textures and free-flowing designs", and added: "I experiment with objects found in nature and combinations of ‘wild’ materials and precious ones”.
In his boutique in Paris, you can see pieces of rusted metal found in the dunes of Normandy set with diamonds and opals and made into breathtaking and beautiful jewels. Driftwood picked up on a beach is matched with a piece of coral and diamonds to make a pendant. A slab of obsidian found along a mountain road on a trip to Armenia is transformed into a diamond-set pin. They are all one-of-a-kind high jewellery pieces made with the finest craftsmanship.
Gold, ruby, diamonds, pearls, and coral pendant
"Natural materials exude a kind of power, but some of that force is lost as you reduce objects in size to make jewellery, to compensate for that loss, I use an unexpected combination of materials".
Many of Thierry Vendome's creations are today in galleries and museums, and he's received several awards, including this year, the Talents de Luxe in the category Creators.
Although the designer has been working on his unique or limited-edition jewellery for a long time now, his style couldn't be more up-to-date and on-trend! The mix of precious materials with the time-worn raw natural materials that he recycles have a long-lasting feel and are sustainable too. Plus, the colour palette of wood, rusty metal, yellow and black gold is simply perfect for your fall and winter looks!
Photos via Thierry Vendome