Every designer has a source of inspiration
and those who see things that no one else sees will discover things that no
else knows. That is in fact, what Italian jeweller Delfina Delettrez has done
here. With the most uncommon of places – like the human body or the anatomy of
an insect– as core inspirations for her bold and imaginative jewellery –
Delettrez has set the standard of what is whimsical and fantastical to
jewellery aficionados and at the same time pushed the boundaries of what fine
jewellery could be.
Just as her great-grandmother Adèle Fendi
has accomplished before, Delettrez, a fourth-generation Fendi, has laid the
groundwork of a colourful landscape of surrealistic jewellery endeavours. She
is also the youngest designer to be featured in the permanent exhibition of
fine jewellery at the Lourve’s Musée des Arts Decoratifs, a testament of a her
Having a noticeable flair for the unusual,
her designs are not of this world. The
most distinctive pieces showcase exuberant iconographies like a pair of glittered
lips or an enamelled eye with white gold lashes. At the same time, Delettrez
explores the simplicities of her imagination like a double pearl earring, which
no doubt holds an underlying surrealist meaning too.
Design aside, the shape and structure of
her split rings are a design statement to awe. When worn, gems and intricate
adornments seem to float over your fingers as if there was an imaginary
gravitational force pulling them down. Underneath, the slender u-shape band is
hidden from view and invisible from the top, leaving only the precious stone
and surrealist iconography as highlights on your fingers. Delettrez’ unique
take on surrealism shines true here.
Post-modern like an evolution of current
genres, Delettrez is a progressive artist who is constantly looking for the
next surrealist moment. And there is always one. These are her surreal visions
of another world, which incidentally was the inspiration behind her 2014 short
film to launch her “Gold Vein” collection.
Earthly journeys are temporal with an
ending but visions are not. Visions are where Delettrez conjures the most
fanciful of ideas to create innovative works of art. It is that step in that
direction that distinguishes her from the norm because only she can see things
that no else can see – things that are not of this world.
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