Every stone has a story
On the 8th of May, this year (2016), the world’s best known champion of the natural world, David Attenborough, will celebrate his 90th birthday.
Nomadic clans of Native Americans – the once indigenous people of the now United States – once roamed across the vastness of North America. The jewellery they wore was designed in keeping with their close affinity with the natural world.
Take a trip across our marvellous blue planet and discover the origins of our gemstones and precious metals.
In the history of wearable art the Indian subcontinent is like an immovable mountain, unchanged by the rampaging storms and floods that scarred its foothills.
It is the nature of all things that humans value most – someday that which is deeply coveted will cause a rift between those who ‘have’ and those who ‘have not’. In this respect the allure of jewellery can be a double-edged sword, capable of awakening a bloodthirsty greed.
Ever since the industrial revolution and the consequent advances in technology we’ve seemed to embrace a new kind of rapid urbanisation. In doing so we’ve continuously distanced ourselves from the natural world and the rest of the animal kingdom, including our distant, less-evolved ancestors.
When people talk about high jewellery it’s never long before big names like Bulgari, Chopard or De Beers enter the conversation. Bulgari in particular has long been synonymous with the highest standard of luxury design.
Jewellery reflects the culture from which it originated. The distinctions we notice are reminders of the individual maker; where they were from, what they saw, heard and believed. Their personality is transferred to the shaping of the stone and the invention of each new design.