“Jewellery is something personal, something
intimate, and should be made with love.”
These words – inscribed on the underside of
a jewellery box cover – evoked so much more when read in person. The box, made
out of a platinum-hued crosshatch-embossed card, felt pleasant to the touch.
This, our dear kindred spirits, is a product of Anton Heunis. And the words, a
product of his creative mind.
Anton Heunis’ story started when he was just
aged 13 when he sold his first jewellery collection to a Johannesburg gallery.
The starting point, his grandmother’s dressing table where shimmering jewellery
and enamelled ornaments once beautified its vintage structure. The Anton Heunis trademark was borne then and
there. He calls it Modern Vintage.
“First and foremost, I’m a jeweller, and I
love hands-on designing.”
Anton Heunis favours a hands-on design
approach where he makes every sample piece in his collections himself first.
Once each Anton Heunis design is finalised, the original sample is then
displayed in the same studio where production goes underway.
So certain of his “Handmade in Madrid”
statement that Heunis even invites you to take a closer look at the back and
profile of each piece where you can admire the beautiful soldering job and the
delicate facets of each crystal.
“I’ve always been fascinated by colour and
all things shiny.”
A master of colour and shape, Anton Heunis’
eye for the bold and whimsical is profound. The quality and the variety of
shapes, proportion, and colour found in his collections are even more astounding.
Heunis certainly does not shy away.
22-Karat gold, silver, rare vintage glass,
Swarovski crystals, and semi-precious stones are his materials of choice. With
these, the jewellery couturier lays to form the opulence of yesteryears that
melds so well alongside the modern intricacies of today.
A sculptural piece during the day. A timeless
sophistication in the evening. Wear an Anton Heunis with a casual t-shirt and
jeans combo as well as with evening wear. An Anton Heunis design is as seasonless
as jewellery collections go.
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