The Art of Shaping the Metal of the Moon

Gallerie Connaissance des Arts Bldg, Cartier des Arts St,  Saifi Village,
Beirut, Lebanon
 +961 1 970 982

We are dealing here with a modern, or rather a contemporary, trend of jewelry design. You will admire the work of architects who are used to drawing lines, carving out volumes, and experimenting with unusual materials.  Their aim was to design apparently trifle objects. But on closer inspection one finds out that these jewels are tiny works of art which owe their distinctive style to the rigorous training of Italian architects turned jewellery designers.  The outcome is not as flashy as one might expect, yet the silver jewels do make a lasting impression. Metal and silver are inherently elegant materials but in a sense they are also reserved and modest in appearance.  The stones, mainly onyx and amethyst, tourmaline and jasper, have this kind of “low-profile” quality to them, they are not intrusive, yet they do not fail to beckon to us. This typically Italian collection bears the imprint of some of Milan’s most famous artisanal workshops such as the Argenteria San Lorenzo, Albini/Helg, Afra and Tobia Scarpa, Lella and Massimo Vignelli, Maria Luisa di Belgioioso and Antonio Piva. We are presenting to the Lebanese public the first collection of silver jewels embodying a new bold language at the intersection between art and design. This project is in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Lebanon.