project colombia

In 2017 I organized Project Colombia, where the gemstone and its source take a leading roll for an exclusive, handcrafted collection.


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 gorgeous and 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 new 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. Therefore the clear emerald in one of the rings below is rare, being clear and free of inclusions. An emerald like that is called a ‘cristal’ in the Colombian mouth.

 

The emerald gemstone holds on my attention because every one of them is different and unique. For the exclusive 4.89 ct. dark green Colombian emerald that you can see above this line, I designed an Art Deco ring. A more technical piece to wear the gemstone with an elegance in a lighter frame. A unique gemstone like this needs to be worn in a design that brings the stone to its highest level. 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.

 

 

Las Tortugas Ring is a combination of 6 seperate rings with all different oval emeralds. In this ring the typical inclusions that bring the interesting green color to life in the stones is brought forward. By putting several qualities together, the ring shows exactly how the structures in the gemstones give a personality and character to every single emerald. Because of the combination of several rings worn together, they keep moving a long eachother, what gives a playfull, non organised design which brings back the element of the 'jardin', the inclusions determined by nature.

The Emerald Amulet, an amulet is one of the most timeless designs there is. A clean, round form brought in combination with the typical 8 angularly emerald gemstone cut, a gemstone cut that is named after the emerald gemstone. This cut is used for different gemstones, but again is typical for 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.