French-born London-based Marina Stanimirovic ‘Pearls Are Always Grey’ collection of jewellery is effortlessly chic. Thin planes of Corian are embellished with 9ct gold, creating a new vision for ornamentation.
‘Pearl’ in ‘Pearls Are Always Grey’ is a reference to the Corian colour Stanimirovic uses in her pieces, a soft shade of grey with the inherent warmth of the material creating a tactile object, both peaceful and astute. Designed in pairs, each piece has a companion, a negative space where the touch of gold is found in the corresponding place on its mate. They are jewels made for lovers perhaps.. with the exception of the ‘Lonely Bracelet’, that has gold bands to the interior and exterior circumference, and the ‘U Necklace’, too bold to need another.
More and more we’re seeing this combination of the precious the utilitarian materials, echoes of which can be seen in the recent collections our local heroes Elke Kramer, and Dinosaur Designs. Architectural and malleable, material components, complement and redefine our traditional ideas of jewels. It’s a refreshing and contemporary approach to adornment, as Stanimirovic puts it “… I am trying to show the public another type of jewlery – another door has to be opened”.
Credits: Marina Stanimirovic