I beloved Loriann Jewellery’s Fashionable Renaissance assortment earlier than I even noticed it.
My introduction to this beautiful new line got here by way of a cellphone name from the designer, Lori Friedman. I stood in my kitchen as Lori walked me by way of the gathering’s evolution and inspiration; her phrases portray footage in my thoughts.
I needed to wait just a few extra months earlier than I had the pleasure of seeing Loriann Jewellery’s Fashionable Renaissance assortment for myself in actual life, however oh my goodness, my darlings. It was definitely worth the wait.
It’s one among my favourite issues on the planet to see a jewellery designer’s aesthetic evolve over time, and I’ve now had the pleasure of that includes a number of completely different collections of Loriann Jewellery‘s work right here on Diamonds within the Library.
As one would possibly anticipate, the Fashionable Renaissance assortment was strongly influenced by the artwork of the Italian Renaissance. It options daring enamel, fleur-de-lis motifs, and sword and shield-inspired designs.
However it’s also an homage to the idea of the Renaissance Girl: the sturdy and curious “Jill-of-all-trades” soul who wears many hats, has many pursuits, and likes to discover new issues.
The additional Lori bought into Fashionable Renaissance, the extra she realized that it was actually a tribute to 1 specific Renaissance lady: her personal mom, Lily, who had lately handed away. In her personal phrases:
After [my mother] handed within the Spring, I used to be flooded with the emotional affect of how a lot affect she had on my life and far of what I realized and my many pursuits had been gleaned by way of osmosis. My love of nature, artwork and artwork historical past, vintage jewellery, music and cooking had been a number of the items she bestowed upon me.
I’m grateful to have skilled a childhood that was so wealthy in tradition and custom and that I used to be capable of translate this into my artwork kind to share with others. My Mom was a real Fashionable Renaissance lady and this assortment is my tribute to her.”
– Lori Friedman
It’s no surprise this assortment is so compelling and impactful, with such a strong emotional resonance behind its inspiration.
The Fashionable Renaissance assortment makes use of colorway of yellow gold accented with black enamel, black spinel, iridescent moonstones, and black and white diamonds.
These are the Magdelena earrings, among the finest examples of how this assortment powerfully juxtaposes power and delicacy by pairing the drama of the black enamel with the elegant, slender curves of the fleur-de-lis accents and the soap-bubble fragility of these moonstone teardrops.
The Giovanna ring (a private favourite of mine) is probably Fashionable Renaissance’s most overt reference to Renaissance period jewellery, with its excessive profile, quatrefoil form, dramatic shoulders, and reverse-set black spinels.
It’s additionally simply an extremely badass and exquisite piece of knickknack, IMHO. Carrying it made me really feel like a warrior queen who can do something. Each time I put this ring down, I’d discover myself choosing it up once more to find a brand new element or enjoyment of a contemporary angle.
(Click on right here to go to my Pinterest board of Renaissance Jewelry in the event you’d like a reminder of what OG Renaissance rings seem like.)
Giovanna isn’t Fashionable Renaissance’s solely instance of modern stone setting. When you look intently on the coronary heart pendants above, you’ll see that the pendant on the fitting options reverse-set diamonds and sleek-channel set stones whereas the pendant beneath options so many reverse-set diamonds that it nearly seems to be feathered somewhat than coated in diamonds.
The impact is gorgeous, however it’s additionally sturdy: this isn’t only a blissful, fairly coronary heart, it’s a coronary heart that’s as sturdy because the diamonds that adorn its floor, representing a love that by no means ends.
Swords and shields had been among the many symbols of power that Lori stored in thoughts whereas designing Fashionable Renaissance, as one can clearly see within the elegant size of the Lily fleur-de-lis earrings, one of many kinds named after the designer’s mom.
As soon as once more, we’ve a strong mix of delicacy and power, mild and darkish, shine and matte repeated over and over with the enamel and the gold, the curves of the fleur-de-lis, the echo of weaponry.
I feel that juxtaposition of opposites is admittedly why this assortment is so profitable: it displays the attractive contradictions which can be inherent within the human expertise; each as an indelible a part of our interpersonal relationships and inside our personal hearts.
What do you consider Loriann Jewellery’s Fashionable Renaissance, my darlings? Did it resonate with you as strongly because it did with me? Did you’re feeling it within the pit of your abdomen?
Let me know what jumped out at you right here and which items you’ll be dreaming about later whenever you shut your eyes.
An enormous thanks Lori Friedman of Loriann Jewellery, for being a prime notch human and an exquisite pal in addition to a proficient designers. And a heat thanks as effectively to the stunning Renee Wilson of Bijoux Jewels in Baltimore, MD, for being so welcoming after I confirmed up at her retailer to do that photoshoot throughout a current Loriann Jewellery Trunk Present.
The artist was variety sufficient to reward me a chunk of knickknack from this assortment, however my opinions stay my very own.