I liked Loriann Jewellery’s Trendy Renaissance assortment earlier than I even noticed it.
My introduction to this attractive new line got here by way of a telephone name from the designer, Lori Friedman. I stood in my kitchen as Lori walked me via the gathering’s evolution and inspiration; her phrases portray photos in my thoughts.
I needed to wait a couple 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 the 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 it is usually an homage to the idea of the Renaissance Lady: the robust and curious “Jill-of-all-trades” soul who wears many hats, has many pursuits, and likes to discover new issues.
The additional Lori obtained into Trendy Renaissance, the extra she realized that it was actually a tribute to 1 explicit Renaissance lady: 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 influence of how a lot affect she had on my life and far of what I realized and my many pursuits have been gleaned via osmosis. My love of nature, artwork and artwork historical past, vintage jewellery, music and cooking have been among the presents 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 lady and this assortment is my tribute to her.”
– Lori Friedman
It’s no surprise this assortment is so compelling and impactful, with such a robust 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, probably the greatest 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 exquisite piece of bijou, IMHO. Sporting it made me really feel like a warrior queen who can do something. Each time I put this ring down, I’d discover myself selecting it up once more to find a brand new element or enjoyment of a contemporary angle.
(Click on right here to go to my Pinterest board of Renaissance Jewellery should you’d like a reminder of what OG Renaissance rings appear to be.)
Giovanna isn’t Trendy Renaissance’s solely instance of modern stone setting. If you happen to look carefully on the coronary heart pendants above, you’ll see that the pendant on the appropriate 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 coated in diamonds.
The impact is gorgeous, but it surely’s additionally robust: this isn’t only a comfortable, fairly coronary heart, it’s a coronary heart that’s as robust 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 stored 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 robust mix of delicacy and energy, mild and darkish, shine and matte repeated time and again with the enamel and the gold, the curves of the fleur-de-lis, the echo of weaponry.
I feel that juxtaposition of opposites is absolutely why this assortment is so profitable: it displays the attractive contradictions which might 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 whenever you shut your eyes.
An enormous thanks Lori Friedman of Loriann Jewellery, for being a high notch human and an exquisite good friend in addition to a proficient designers. And a heat thanks as properly to the beautiful Renee Wilson of Bijoux Jewels in Baltimore, MD, for being so welcoming after I confirmed up at her retailer to do that photoshoot throughout a current Loriann Jewellery Trunk Present.
For extra from Loriann Jewellery, please go to my Loriann Jewellery archive right here, Lori’s personal web site right here, or her Instagram right here.
The artist was sort sufficient to reward me a bit of bijou from this assortment, however my opinions stay my very own.