A man made cubic zirconia stone, chosen for its bright colour. The surface of the stone segments is semitransparent with a shy yellow shade due to traces of core drilling by which the earrings are created. This pair of earring 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 earrings are hosted in their 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 earrings
Materials: yellow synthetic Cubic Zirconia stone, black rhodium plated silver.
Earring dimensions: total length 3.4 cm, stone length 2.2 cm, diameter 0,8 cm
Techniques: core-drilling in stone, goldsmithing