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Three NZ jew­ellery brands have taken one com­mon theme and given it three dis­tinct in­ter­pre­ta­tions this sea­son. Mead­owlark’s Venus in­cor­po­rates clus­ters of pearls, grey di­a­monds, and pink and green sap­phires with shapes that evoke the grandeur of Re­nais­sance and Baroque art — in­clud­ing Bot­ti­celli's The Birth of

Venus. The iconic paint­ing also in­spired Love and Ob­ject cre­ative di­rec­tor Con­stance Cum­mings, whose re­cent visit to the Uf­fizi Gallery in Florence prompted her to be­gin sketch­ing her Aphrodite col­lec­tion then and there. The re­sult­ing pieces speak to fe­male unique­ness and strength, pay­ing homage, says Con­stance, to “dy­namic pearl-wear­ing women through the ages, from queens to politi­cians”. Mean­while, Karen Walker fol­lows up last sea­son’s lim­ited-edi­tion Girl with a Pearl col­lec­tion with Eden, a sub­ver­sive three-piece of­fer­ing. “The pearl is an em­blem of the es­tab­lish­ment, yet the essence of them is so po­tent and sen­sual,” says the de­signer. “We’ve played with that eroti­cism to make them dan­ger­ous again.”

Mead­owlark ear­rings, $1329

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