DIAMOND TIMES – Second Petale presents the distinctive creations of handpicked jewellery designers at Christie’s Paris Joaillerie Online Auction.
Second Petale, Arina Pouzoullic’s jewellery gallery, debuted in 2019 as a digital artistic venue to present curated works of art. Through high-profile events, exhibitions, and collaborations, the founder and curator, who has long been interested about jewellery and art, hopes to encourage intimate groups of “new and developing designers as well as a notorious artist.” “The curator’s job is to provide chances for the audience and designers while also serving as a link between the collector and the artist. “I prefer to create possibilities in unique and useful ways for everyone involved, such as the initiative Jewellery Talent of Today,” she explains.For the online auction, Second Petale has paired up with Christie’s Paris Joaillerie, which will run until July 5. “The international mega-conglomerate Christie’s seemed to be the ideal platform for the effort. We collaborated closely with the team in Paris to showcase this ground-breaking idea. Violaine d’Astorg, Head of Jewellery, and Mafalda Chenu, Jewellery Specialist, were instrumental in making this happen,” Arina says.Kayo Saito, Chiara Passoni, Sarah Ho, Tomasz Donocik, Ulla and Martin Kaufmann, and others in her tribe are known for their distinctive designs and aesthetic identities. She continues, “They focus on craftsmanship to produce timeless and relevant designs that transcend regional boundaries.” Arina notices that the audience wants to learn more about art and experience things they’ve never seen before. “Brands, like any other business, big or little, require a relevant, high-quality clientele and widespread exposure. As a result, showing your art to a global audience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the artist. This is a significant opportunity since it concerns not just the client value offer but also the value proposition of the industry. Jewellery Art is being encouraged, and designers are receiving international exposure and recognition of their aesthetic worth in the global art market,” she explains.
Tomasz had always wished to exhibit his work in art galleries and auction houses such as Christie’s. “For the auction, Arina and Christie’s requested that we only make one piece. All pieces had to be chosen and function well together because it was a group showcase of jewellery abilities. My emerald and diamond Cosmic drop earrings appear to be the ideal match; Art Deco with a modern touch to amaze the wearer,” he says.Kayo’s one-of-a-kind sculptural jewellery combines Japanese and European aesthetics and techniques. The Primavera Necklace, crafted in 18-karat gold, is a delicately textured gold leaf-encrusted creative creation evocative of Spring.
Chiara, on the other hand, uses a variety of materials in her designs, including wood, precious stones, mammoth tusk, prehistoric shark teeth, and horns. Water buffalo Horn Cuffs by Africa Queen, an Italian jeweller’s line, are striking and beautiful pieces that engage you in a “fashion forward” conversation.Ulla and Martin Kaufmann elegantly explore boundaries in wearables informed by graceful lines, distinctive shapes, and volume, using their unrivalled abilities and techniques. Their 18-karat gold Tira bracelets are featured in the Jewellery Talent of Today exhibition.Sarah Ho, who has previously worked with auction houses, was enthralled by the prospect of presenting contemporary jewellery design at such a prominent event. “It sounded fantastic. Second, Christie’s and I have similar design and craftsmanship ideals in high jewellery, so working together has been fantastic,” she says.Her Emerald Daisy earrings, which she created and made during the lockdown, are on the Christie’s auction block. Emeralds and opals are featured in these earrings, which are almost entirely created from “repurposed” stones. “Both of the stones, which came from two distinct regions, have been given new life. This “recycling” is just one aspect of the Monaco-based jeweller’s “environmental and responsible” approach to designing jewellery. “We are marketing the auction to our online followers and clients, and we expect that interest will grow until the sale hammer eventually falls.” Sarah has a keen eye for colour and is drawn to the subtle intricacies seen in embroidery and beading. Arina observes, “Her Emerald Daisy earrings are a wonderful waltz of 122 stones.” “This is Christie’s first specific programme for independent modern designers, and I hope it continues,” Sarah adds.