Yuan



Yuan is the second collection of Laure Jewelry. The word “Yuan” means “garden” in Mandarin, and the ensemble takes its inspiration from traditional Chinese “Bird and Flower” paintings (Huaniao). The whole collection is an exercise in interpreting artistic images from their original two-dimensional conception into the three-dimensional form in the shape of miniature sculptures.

Rocks of unusual shapes, known as Chinese Scholars’ Rocks (Gongshi), are the inspiration for the “Rocher” rings. They are made from geodes that are only slightly treated in order to maintain the primitive look and crystallized structure of the natural quartz. At the same time, great care is taken to ensure the rough feel of the item does not impair the safety and comfort of the wearer.

The idea behind the pendant/earrings “Singing” is the “bird walk” phenomenon. A traditional ritual in China that involves people taking a caged songbird for a morning walk. The cages are then hung in a tree to conduct exercises like T’ai Chi. The fragile bird at the centre of each item contrasts with its functional hook that attaches to the earlobe in much the same way the cages are placed in a tree.

Long pearl necklaces make a first time appearance in this collection but still manage to retain the basic principles of Laure Jewelry – exploring the connection between art and practicality. “Pétale de Rosée” (Petal of Dew) features an abstract camellia-shaped clasp which acts as both a fastener and a multi-purpose decorative feature. The versatility of the clasp's design means the necklace has no obvious front to be kept on display or back to be constantly hidden. As such it can be worn in at least five different ways.

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bloom
bloom
double camellia
double camellia
camellia
camellia
egoist
singing
bloom morning
kissing
mal à droit
mal à droit
petale de rosé
petale de rosé
petale de rosé
bloom
bloom
camellia
camellia
bloom
camellia
camellia
chrysantan
egoist
camellia
rocher
rocher
rocher
rocher
rosé
rosé
rosé
singing