project colombia

In 2017 I organized project Colombia, an exclusive collection where the gemstone and its source take the leading roll. The Colombian grounds are the biggest producer of the emerald gemstone, therefore I travelled seven weeks through Colombia to get familiar with the culture and the country. In this time I was able to learn more about emerald gemstones in Bogotà, the capital of Colombia and the emerald.

The typical green color of the emerald brings a certain character to the stone. The color remains forever when the stones are well treated. Every single emerald is different and that makes the jewel even more unique and personal. The cut, the color and the life of the emerald gemstone was brought together with my travel experience and they became an inspiration for the designs. The typical emerald cuts are used in the collection and different qualities and greens are brought together. Emeralds are known for their predominant inclusions, also called ‘el jardín’, the garden of the gemstone.

The almost 2 ct emerald above is a very rare gemstone. It is unique for an emerald to be this clear and free from inclusions. In the Colombian mouth this phenomenom is called a ‘cristal esmeralda’, meaning the stone is transparant and looks ‘cristal clear’. The light green color with a little blue in it aswell is rare and typical for a particular mine close to Bogotà. The stone owns it own light and sparkles even in the dark. Every emerald is a different. What we call ‘good quality’ refers to what a certain group of people expects when buying a gemstone. I think it is more interesting to walk away from the mainstream expectations and look at a stone differently. It is a very personal approach. I stood in front of thousands of emeralds and the only thing I look for is an attraction, something special a stone has that makes me want to look at it in different lights and from different angles.

The emerald gemstone holds on my attention because every one of them is different and unique, every stone I work with deserves a new point of view. For the exclusive 4.89 ct. dark green Colombian emerald that you can see above, I designed an Art Deco ring. A more technical piece to wear the gemstone with an elegance in a lighter, but still present frame. Everytime I design a jewel, I do my best to figure out how to bring the stone forward in a design that looks simple and clean in balance with its gemstone but that do has a character. It is important to me that you can see the stone from the top, the side and from down under and that the construction of the ring plays with the view. The lines of the Art Deco inspired jewel also play with the typical form of the emerald cut and let the light in for the stone from the top and the side to make the color of the gemstone the most lively possible.

 

 

The Las Tortugas ring is a combination of 6 seperate rings with different oval emeralds. In this ring the typical inclusions and green colors are brought forward. By putting several qualities next to eachother, the ring shows exactly how the structures in the gemstones give a personality and character to every single emerald. It is a combination of several rings worn together and they keep moving a long eachother, this gives a playfull, non organised design which brings back the element of the 'jardin', the inclusions determined by nature and coincidence.

The Emerald Amulet, an amulet is one of the most timeless designs there is. I brought a clean and round form in combination with the typical octagon emerald gemstone cut. In this design I looked for a geometrical figure to use as a contrast next to the geometrical form of the emerald cut. This 'emerald cut' is the most common cut shape used on emerald, that's why it's named after the emerald gemstone.

The Infinity necklace carries an 0,98 ct Colombian emerald. The necklace is inspired by the famous infinity sign '8', the everlasting green natural color of the emerald gemstone and the round cut of this particular stone.