“gemma Ex Lapide” Striped-jasper Pendant
by Studio DO Belgium

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Description

A natural bright orange Striped-Jasper rock. The pendant which is extracted from this stone is made of a cylinder shaped stone segment. It is hanging on a delicate brass chain. This piece of jewel is part of the ‘Minimal’ series which takes a more sober and convenient direction. By integrating more basic elements (smaller dimension, simplicity), these pieces become more approachable as a wearable jewel. When not worn, the necklace is hosted in its stone of origin instead of in a box.

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 pendant
Materials: Striped-Jasper, acrylic, brass chain.
Pendant dimension: chain length 65 cm, stone segments length 6 cm, diameter 0.8 cm
Techniques: core-drilling in stone, goldsmithing

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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.
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