Drawing inspiration from museum objects and ancient textiles, New York designer Rebecca Koven creates complex, painterly jewellery pieces that are ultra-contemporary yet firmly rooted in strong historical narrative.
A painter and expert in art restoration, Rebecca set out at the turn of the millennium to “create historical-looking statement pieces with a modern flair”. In the process, she filled a niche in the fine jewellery market for such pieces.
Using a multitude of jewellery techniques and sculptural skills, often making her own gold alloys, Rebecca imparts a distinctive boldness to her pieces. “I am driven by an obsessive desire to re-create a visual memory of the objects I love,” she shares. “Although smaller than their inspiration, they have the same ancient look as if living through the centuries.”
One of the first ancient objects she re-created into a pendant for herself was an amazing repousé gold eyeliner vessel. More recently, colourful carved gemstones in whimsical shapes sourced from carvers in Idar Oberstein, Germany, find their way into her ‘wearable works of art’.
Although prolific in her creations, Rebecca has no big dreams for the future: “Each dream is narrowly focused on the next jewel I am designing.”
For more information, visit www.rkoven.com.
Model Zoe Bergeron wearing the Spike earrings