RE­BECCA KOVEN

Solitaire (Singapore) - - MATTHIA’S & CLAIRE -

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.

Photo credit: Suzy La­mont

Model Zoe Berg­eron wear­ing the Spike ear­rings

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