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 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. 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.