Curated: An elegant and fragrant muse

Curated: An elegant and fragrant muse
Where nature and jewellery meet: archival imagery from Flora: The Art of Jewelry

Flowers have inspired jewellers for centuries so they are a more than suitable muse for fashion writer Patrick Mauriès and museum curator Évelyne Possémé in their sumptuous book Flora: The Art of Jewelry, writes Fionnuala Egan

Jewellers have long been inspired by the ephemeral beauty of flowers. In the 17th and 18th centuries, flowers were used as motifs for elaborate gemstone bodice ornaments. The 19th century heralded a celebration of strikingly naturalistic blossoms, while the 20th envisioned gems which mirrored the structural simplicity of modernism.

And despite Miranda Priestly’s assertions to the contrary, florals continue to break new ground today thanks to contemporary designers such as Claude Lalanne, Lorenz Bäumer and...

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