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Books We Covet: De Grisogono’s Visionary Crafts and Daring CreativityFriday 14 September 2018
Books We Covet: De Grisogono’s Visionary Crafts and Daring Creativity ⇒ Fawaz Gruosi is the inspired visionary behind Swiss jeweller De Grisogono, a brand where creativity knows no boundaries, with unique gemstones and diamonds as inspiration! But De Grisogono is about so much more, he instinctively understands the craft in its opulent mix of Florentine and Byzantine influences and its striking gem combinations. Gruosi’s unsurpassed handcraftsmanship make it singular in the jewellery world, as the arresting images in this luxury volume attest.
De Grisogono’s first creation was a bespoke pair of pearl and diamond earrings for the Begum Salimah Aga Khan, the Princess and model that epitomized the luxury and exclusivity that would come to define the jeweller.
Since then, influential women such as Sophia Loren, Duchess Camilla of Cornwall, and Sharon Stone have donned Gruosi’s glittering designs, which explore black and white diamonds, uniquely coloured stones, and innovative yet classic form.
Gruosi dynamic creativity and nonconformist approach have been rejuvenating the conventions of jewellery since the brand was established in 1993 with a boutique on Geneva’s Rue du Rhône, where he eschewed the minimalism characteristic of the decade in favour of rich, sensual, ornate pieces.
Vivienne Becker is a jewellery historian and also an award-winning journalist. Author of many books on the history of jewellery design, she is based in London. Becker is a contributing editor to Financial Times’s How to Spend It magazine, writes for newspapers and magazines around the world, and lectures and broadcasts on her subject. She organised and wrote the catalogue for the first major exhibition of the jewellery of René Lalique, and curated Jewels of Fantasy, a travelling exhibition of twentieth-century costume jewellery.
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