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Lat­est col­lec­tions from Alexan­dra Mor, De Beers, Payal New York and more

In a ma­jor mile­stone to mark her 7th an­niver­sary, world renowned haute jewellery de­signer Alexan­dra Mor un­veiled her first ever col­lec­tion of tagua seeds, an al­ter­na­tive for ele­phant ivory, to spread aware­ness about sus­tain­able lux­ury jewellery. Plus, 20% of the pro­ceeds of Alexan­dra’s Tagua Seed col­lec­tion will go to an ele­phant or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The artist was dis­tressed upon learn­ing that ele­phant ivory is still be­ing used for fine jewellery. This led her to craft a spir­i­tu­ally con­nected, hu­man and eco-con­scious line, by re­plac­ing ele­phant ivory with tagua seeds, a botan­i­cal al­ter­na­tive iden­ti­cal to ele­phant ivory.

The Cap­sule col­lec­tion in­cor­po­rates tra­di­tional, handcrafted Ba­li­nese work­man­ship and her­itage with the use of wild-har­vested tagua seeds, and her­alds an evo­lu­tion of Mor’s sig­na­ture de­sign aes­thetic with the use of new ma­te­ri­als dis­cov­ered on her 2017 artis­tic jour­ney in Bali, In­done­sia.

The lim­ited, one-of-a-kind edi­tion comes to­gether with the har­mo­nious use of ar­ti­sanal, hand-carved tagua seeds, black and red Ba­li­nese wood, Su­ma­tran pearls and 22-karat yel­low gold work, gem­stones and di­a­mond melees.

Alexan­dra Mor says that in just one year, a sin­gle tagua palm can pro­duce as much ivory as an av­er­age African ele­phant can in its life­time and can of­fer a real so­lu­tion to help stop the sense­less killing of beau­ti­ful and soul­ful an­i­mals. “Through this Cap­sule col­lec­tion, I will bring aware­ness of the tragic re­al­ity of species on the brink of ex­tinc­tion, the preser­va­tion of na­tive forests and the peo­ple and cul­ture that de­pend on their sur­vival.

“There is so much about my Ba­li­nese ex­pe­ri­ence that con­nects with my spir­i­tual and per­sonal story as a woman and a de­signer; so it was only nat­u­ral to make my new col­lec­tion en­tirely crafted and de­signed in Bali with my lo­cal team. I’m hon­oured to be able to share this cre­ative jour­ney and col­lab­o­rate with both lo­cal crafts­man in Bali and other fine jewellery de­sign­ers on the an­nual Vogue US Pro­tag­o­nist event, to in­spire and bring more aware­ness and em­power my col­lec­tors, re­tail­ers and col­leagues alike with ex­tra­or­di­nary, and more mean­ing­ful jewellery.”

The col­lec­tion con­sists of ear­rings, rings, neck­laces, bracelets, cuffs and a clutch in­spired by tra­di­tional Ba­li­nese de­sign mo­tifs like the Tree of Life, or Kay­onan, Mala, and the Kal­abubu, the Nias head­hunters’ war­rior neck­lace.

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