A gem in our na­tion’s jew­ellery scene.

Elle (Canada) - - Insider - LISA GUI­MOND

holly Dy­ment is the first to ad­mit that the graphic il­lus­tra­tions adorn­ing her rings, ear­rings and stick pins are any­thing but main­stream. “There’s noth­ing too pretty in my work,” says the Toronto-based artist. Dy­ment’s epony­mous jew­ellery line, launched in 2013, has be­come a cult favourite for ec­cen­tric-ac­ces­sory en­thu­si­asts, in­clud­ing Ri­hanna and Kelly Os­bourne. She cites the macabre, mys­ti­cism and Hin­duism as key in­flu­ences. “I’ve got a thing about eyes and lips,” she says, when asked to ex­plain the Dalíesque body parts or the whim­si­cal fly ring in her new­est col­lec­tion.

When you look at her work, you sus­pect there’s some dark nar­ra­tive be­hind the de­signs that hint at jilted love, but Dy­ment in­sists that’s not the case. “I’m fas­ci­nated by the death stuff,” she ex­plains, adding that she has a healthy ob­ses­sion with sen­ti­men­tal Vic­to­rian jew­ellery. “I read a lot of Poe and Brontë; I kind of like that de­press­ing English sen­ti­ment.”

In con­trast to all the dark­ness per­me­at­ing her work, there’s a play­ful qual­ity to her il­lus­tra­tions (which are carved into 18-karat gold be­fore be­ing set in enamel). For ex­am­ple, she used me­mento-mori art­work as the fo­cal point for a col­lec­tion of seven rings, each dec­o­rated with gem­stones that match the day of the week and cor­re­spond­ing planet. The process—the same tech­nique used by Fabergé—is done in Jaipur, In­dia, where the craft has been per­fected over the cen­turies. Dy­ment de­scribes the place as a “feast for the senses,” adding that it inspires her to bring the imag­i­nary to life in her de­signs. It’s a pop-art ap­proach that she sug­gests has a groovy ’60s vibe. It’s also the per­fect coun­ter­bal­ance to the mor­bid mood that only ex­ists on the sur­face. “There’s fun in there too,” she says with a chuckle.

“I’m fas­ci­nated by the death stuff. I read a lot of Poe

and BrontË; I kind of like that de­press­ing English

Sen­ti­ment.”

Clock­wise, from top: Evil-eye ear­rings ($1,060 for a pair), fly ring ($1,310) and lips pen­dant ($5,470), hol­ly­dy­ment.com

“It’s all in­stinct, art, tak­ing a chance and be­ing brave,” says Dy­ment about her work. 18-karat-gold, enamel, tour­ma­line and diamond pen­dant ($5,220) and ear­rings ($9,120), hol­ly­dy­ment.com

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