JEWELLERY :: Partners in Work :: a husband and wife duo in Paris….
I recently came across the beautiful jewellery of Lunaticart,
which is hand made in Paris,
using recycled metals.
There is a dainty delicacy to the pieces,
which focus on the colours of the various metals,
rather than of stones.
Avoiding the use of what she terms "freshly mined" metals,
Berenice instead selects recycled metals from a refiner,
which maintains the purity of the medium.
It's an admirable concept which makes sense.
These filigree style crowns can be worn as single rings,
or as a back-to-back duo.
But what makes things even more interesting about this jeweller
is that she is married to another jeweller,
who specialises in porcelain as his medium.
Fine Limoge clay is used to create his porcelain pieces,
many of which are then hand painted with gold.
They are sold under the Gouttedeterre studio name,
which is also located in Paris.
Both ranges of jewellery have a contemporary feel about them,
and both feature a simplicity which rely on organic shapes
and wonderful textures for their beauty.
But with both husband and wife in the same industry,
I do wonder how they go with dinner conversations.
"How was your day?" is likely to produce an answer which could be expected…
…but then again….there is an untold joy in being able to share an
inherent love of creating beautiful things.
And creative couples have given the world some
of our best artwork.
(Thinking of Liz Taylor + Richard Burton,
Simone de Beauvoir + Jean Paul Sarte,
Tim Burton + Helena Bonham-Carter,
the architects Kerry + Lindsay Clare
and of course Charles + Ray Eames.)
I don't know if it's just me,
but there seems to be a definite trend of couples
who work in the same industry.
Remarking on this phenomenon to one of my nephews recently,
his own partner
(who works in a completely unrelated field of medicine,
while my nephew works in retail)
observed that she thought it is harder for people to meet
potential partners in different industries because work
is now a much greater component of our lives than it used to be.
It's food for thought, but I'm also thinking that if a couple
like this young one in Paris can produce such beautiful jewellery,
each quite different from the other,
then perhaps sharing a creative dream can be a very productive one.