Author(s): Stellene Volandes
This stunning, glamorously designed survey highlights the artistry, expertise, and inspiration behind the work of today's most fascinating and influential jewelry designers. Breaking out of the rarified world associated with fine jewelry is a set of contemporary designers who combine traditional skills with fresh vision, transforming artistic inspiration into wearable art. Boundless creativity and a sense of playfulness distinguish these jewelers from the pack, skills that result in pieces that are breathtakingly sophisticated and deeply rooted in each designer's singular aesthetic. Focusing on seventeen modern masters from around the world, Jeweler reveals the unique ideas, intricate processes, and inspiration that go into their work. Curated by Stellene Volandes, executive style director of Town & Country, Jeweler introduces readers to designers like the Hemmerles, a jewelry dynasty known for molding materials like copper and aluminum into one-of-a-kind collectibles; Wallace Chan, the Hong Kong wizard of stones whose patented techniques dazzle the mind as well as the wearer; Elena Votsi, an Athens jeweler who remade the Olympic medal, and whose bold metallic pieces are like wearable sculptures; and Lauren Adriana, a London wunderkind poised to become the master of her generation. Through Volandes's vivid profiles and breathtaking images of each jeweler's work, readers are immersed in the passion and craft that make each one a visionary. Jeweler is a stunning portrait of this fascinating niche of design, anointing the designers of today who are making the collectibles of the future.
Stellene Volandes is an expert on contemporary jewelry. She is the executive style director of Town and Country, and has received awards for her jewelry writing, including the WJA Gem Award for journalistic excellence. Carolina Herrera is an American fashion designer. Her awards include the 2004 CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year award and their Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.