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A unique and carefully selected Pietersite stone, exploited for its opportunities and crafted into an artful outcome finished with solid 18K gold. Earrings hosted in its rock of origin, exclusively made to be worn on special occasions.
Gemma ex Lapide:
Gemma ex Lapide is a project of Studio DŌ, founded by Dana Seachuga and Octave Vandeweghe. The Latin phrase ‘Gemma ex Lapide’ could be translated as ‘jewel gained from a stone’ or ‘gemstone extracted from a rock’. The project explores the core relationship between stones and jewellery, while it also bridges between body and space.
For this project, Studio DŌ works with stones in an experimental way, focussing on the unique elements each stone possesses, while also reflecting on the origin of (gem)stones in jewellery. This results in a series of contemporary objects that still express authenticity. These objects function both as sculptures, and as pieces of jewelry to adorn the body.
Type: object and earrings
Materials: Pietersite stone, stainless steel, 18K gold
Earring dimensions: total length 13,3 cm, stone length 9,5 cm – diameter 0,8 cm
Techniques: core-drilling in stone, goldsmithing
18k Gold, Natural stone
Studio DŌ | Label & Labour
Studio DO is a stone cutting atelier founded by Dana Seachuga and Octave Vandeweghe. These two creatives work independently: Dana as a jewelry maker and Octave as an artist. For Studio DO they joined forces and share their creative visions and expertise.
Based in Antwerp, the city of diamonds, Studio DO | Label & Labour is connecting to the city’s history related to stone cutting. Although the industry of diamond cutting is very small in relation to the past, the city of Antwerp is still an icon in diamond-business. The craft of cutting (semi-)precious gemstones on the other hand, disappeared almost entirely. The traditional (and often old fashioned) craft is labour intensive and the affordability of local production is troublesome.
Driven by their affection for stone cutting, Studio DO is investigating the craft to deliver a more contemporary approach and to make it functionable within the current markets. Whether based on old or new techniques, they search for progressive possibilities, complemented by a fresh design approach.
Therefore they research how to refine traditional techniques towards a more sober making process. While they also learn how to make use of new stone related technologies, in order to make unique objects or smaller series of objects. Further on they study other crafts to find alternative solutions and overthrow conventions.
Studio DO | Label & Labour works on design projects, and takes
commissions related to art, stones, objects and jewelry. Label & Labour stand along each other as one, becoming inseparable.
Belgian design is traditionally connected with its territory, both in terms of the use of natural materials and their corresponding colour palette. In addition, the international design scene was overwhelmed by the completely white minimalistic interiors in the nineties and the Scandinavian design trend with lots of light coloured wood and soft tones during the past decade.
To conquer the monotonous globalised, Instagram-driven interior design trends and to bring some optimism in these rather dark times, the international and Belgian design scenes nowadays fully embrace a vibrant colour scheme. Moreover colours are not only fun, but they also affect both our emotions and physical wellbeing. Or as Le Corbusier said: “Colour is an element as necessary as water and fire.”
Faithful to the Belgian context, most designers work with natural materials, which they manually transform into perfectly imperfect, tactile eye-catchers. These qualities can be found in ceramics and textile, but also in pieces from reclaimed materials that had a previous life. By integrating these unique or small-scale production pieces from independent designer-makers in an interior, you’ll bring their personal quests together into the unique story of your home.
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