I liked Loriann Jewellery’s Trendy Renaissance assortment earlier than I even noticed it.
My introduction to this beautiful new line got here by way of a cellphone name from the designer, Lori Friedman. I stood in my kitchen as Lori walked me by the gathering’s evolution and inspiration; her phrases portray photos in my thoughts.
I needed to wait a number of extra months earlier than I had the pleasure of seeing Loriann Jewellery’s Trendy Renaissance assortment for myself in actual life, however oh my goodness, my darlings. It was well worth the wait.
It’s one in every of my favourite issues on this planet to see a jewellery designer’s aesthetic evolve over time, and I’ve now had the pleasure of that includes a number of totally different collections of Loriann Jewellery‘s work right here on Diamonds within the Library.
As one would possibly count on, the Trendy Renaissance assortment was strongly influenced by the artwork of the Italian Renaissance. It options daring enamel, fleur-de-lis motifs, and sword and shield-inspired designs.
However additionally it is an homage to the idea of the Renaissance Lady: the sturdy and curious “Jill-of-all-trades” soul who wears many hats, has many pursuits, and likes to discover new issues.
The additional Lori acquired into Trendy Renaissance, the extra she realized that it was actually a tribute to 1 explicit Renaissance girl: her personal mom, Lily, who had lately handed away. In her personal phrases:
After [my mother] handed within the Spring, I used to be flooded with the emotional affect of how a lot affect she had on my life and far of what I realized and my many pursuits have been gleaned by osmosis. My love of nature, artwork and artwork historical past, vintage jewellery, music and cooking have been among the items she bestowed upon me.
I’m grateful to have skilled a childhood that was so wealthy in tradition and custom and that I used to be in a position to translate this into my artwork kind to share with others. My Mom was a real Trendy Renaissance girl and this assortment is my tribute to her.”
– Lori Friedman
It’s no marvel this assortment is so compelling and impactful, with such a strong emotional resonance behind its inspiration.
The Trendy Renaissance assortment makes use of colorway of yellow gold accented with black enamel, black spinel, iridescent moonstones, and black and white diamonds.
These are the Magdelena earrings, top-of-the-line examples of how this assortment powerfully juxtaposes energy and delicacy by pairing the drama of the black enamel with the elegant, slender curves of the fleur-de-lis accents and the soap-bubble fragility of these moonstone teardrops.
The Giovanna ring (a private favourite of mine) is maybe Trendy Renaissance’s most overt reference to Renaissance period jewellery, with its excessive profile, quatrefoil form, dramatic shoulders, and reverse-set black spinels.
It’s additionally simply an extremely badass and delightful piece of jewellery, IMHO. Carrying it made me really feel like a warrior queen who can do something. Each time I put this ring down, I’d discover myself choosing it up once more to find a brand new element or enjoyment of a recent angle.
(Click on right here to go to my Pinterest board of Renaissance Jewelry in case you’d like a reminder of what OG Renaissance rings seem like.)
Giovanna isn’t Trendy Renaissance’s solely instance of progressive stone setting. If you happen to look intently on the coronary heart pendants above, you’ll see that the pendant on the best options reverse-set diamonds and sleek-channel set stones whereas the pendant beneath options so many reverse-set diamonds that it virtually seems to be feathered slightly than lined in diamonds.
The impact is gorgeous, nevertheless it’s additionally sturdy: this isn’t only a comfortable, fairly coronary heart, it’s a coronary heart that’s as sturdy because the diamonds that adorn its floor, representing a love that by no means ends.
Swords and shields have been among the many symbols of energy that Lori saved in thoughts whereas designing Trendy Renaissance, as one can clearly see within the elegant size of the Lily fleur-de-lis earrings, one of many kinds named after the designer’s mom.
As soon as once more, now we have a strong mix of delicacy and energy, gentle and darkish, shine and matte repeated again and again with the enamel and the gold, the curves of the fleur-de-lis, the echo of weaponry.
I believe that juxtaposition of opposites is admittedly why this assortment is so profitable: it displays the attractive contradictions which can be inherent within the human expertise; each as an indelible a part of our interpersonal relationships and inside our personal hearts.
What do you consider Loriann Jewellery’s Trendy Renaissance, my darlings? Did it resonate with you as strongly because it did with me? Did you’re feeling it within the pit of your abdomen?
Let me know what jumped out at you right here and which items you’ll be dreaming about later while you shut your eyes.
An enormous thanks Lori Friedman of Loriann Jewellery, for being a prime notch human and an exquisite good friend in addition to a proficient designers. And a heat thanks as nicely to the stunning Renee Wilson of Bijoux Jewels in Baltimore, MD, for being so welcoming once I confirmed up at her retailer to do that photoshoot throughout a latest Loriann Jewellery Trunk Present.
The artist was type sufficient to reward me a chunk of jewellery from this assortment, however my opinions stay my very own.