BE­JEW­ELED ERA

U Magazine - - FEATURE - By CE­LINE AS­SOUAD

The House of Re­possi - tak­ing a de­tour from the con­ven­tional world.

Renowned for its e'or­t­less de­meanor and min­i­mal­is­tic aes­thetic, the House of Re­possi runs one of the most pres­ti­gious haute jew­elry houses. Founded in 1920 in Turin, Italy, Mai­son Re­possi’s de­signs are il­lus­tri­ous for their el­e­gance and mod­ern cre­ativ­ity. To­day the Re­possi house re­mains an in#uen­tial force in the !ne jew­elry world as artis­tic di­rec­tor, Gaia Re­possi, in­sists on pre­serv­ing her fam­ily’s legacy by draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from her painterly pur­suits to cre­ate eth­nic and rad­i­cal baubles. Tak­ing the helm of his fa­ther’s Ital­ian ate­lier, Costantino Re­possi es­tab­lishes the brand post-war a$er !nish­ing his stud­ies in in­dus­trial de­signs. In an Italy that was go­ing through a fer­vent pro­gres­sion, Costantino de­cided to take the jew­elry world by storm open­ing his !rst epony­mous store in Turin. Among his ever !rst cre­ations were his Art Deco and Avant-garde col­lec­tions ex­ud­ing a har­mo­nious com­bi­na­tion of his artis­tic and tech­ni­cal back­grounds. Mas­ter­ing jew­elry cra$sman­ship tech­niques and bi­joux ex­per­tise, his son Al­berto fol­lows his fa­ther’s foot­steps at a very young age cre­at­ing his own jewels. "us, Al­berto pro­pelled the house OF re­possi #ag­ship store in 1979, fol­lowed by the Paris store in 1986 – the year his daugh­ter Gaia was born. Choos­ing an artis­tic path away from the con­ven­tional jew­elry tra­di­tion, Gaia Re­possi was ap­pointed cre­ative di­rec­tor of the brand at the age of 21 cre­at­ing a sweep­ing new di­rec­tion in her col­lec­tions. Her work em­pha­sizes a dis­tinc­tive ar­chi­tec­tural view­point in the jew­elry pieces chal­leng­ing the his­tor­i­cal ate­liers with ground­break­ing new de­signs and giv­ing im­pulses to anew gen­er­a­tion in search of change and tra­di­tion at the same time.

Cre­at­ing lit­tle won­ders that are time­less yet slightly ahead of their time is her main as­pi­ra­tion when it comes to pour­ing her artis­tic pas­sion into the mak­ing of pre­cious jewels that em­anate beauty and a unique per­sona. Her ref­er­ences come from her pas­sion for con­tem­po­rary art and the e'ects of me­tal within mod­ern sculp­ture and ar­chi­tec­ture. She takes in­spi­ra­tion from the works of Alexan­der Calder, Cy Twombly, Franz West, Richard Serra and Le Cor­bus­ier, as well as the Bru­tal­ist, Min­i­mal­ist and Bauhaus move­ments. Tak­ing the jew­elry world into a whole new era through a mélange of ar­chi­tec­ture and tra­di­tional high jew­elry tech­niques, Gaia’s gem­stones are de­picted by mod­ern, min­i­mal­ist mo­tifs and the in­no­va­tive use of com­plex pat­terns. Gaia’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with Zadig & Voltaire fol­lowed by her co­op­er­a­tion in 2010 with Alexan­der Wang for his New York FW marked another tri­umphant step in her thriv­ing ca­reer. "e iden­tity of the brand is ut­tered through its high-end ex­per­tise and in­tri­cate man­u­fac­ture. "us, the la­bel’s in­di­vid­u­al­ity re­lies in the el­e­gant de­signs of wide sculp­tural shapes, com­bined with sub­tle aus­ter­ity within state­ment ar­rays – all !rmly swayed by art and ar­chi­tec­ture. Avail­able world­wide, the House of Re­possi o'ers best­selling jew­elry pieces from col­lec­tions such as core Ber­bère, graphic White Noise, and a more a'ord­able An­tifer. Spe­cial­ties also in­clude en­gage­ment and wed­ding rings, as well as ex­cep­tional di­a­monds-en­crusted soli­taire rings in ad­di­tion to lim­ited-edi­tion gem­stones and ex­clu­sive col­lab­o­ra­tions.

Re­possi jew­elry is avail­able at Sylvie Sal­iba bou­tique in Beirut.

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