Whimsical and bold design infused with kinetic appeal is what Brazilian designer Yael Sonia’s jewellery is all about.
Her pieces thrive on architectural precision and engineered movement, the most popular of which is the Spinning Top pendant, the first model for her Spinning Top collection. The pendant took six months to perfect, from shaping the gemstone into a sleek spinning top, to engineering a gold track for the stone to securely and continuously spin. “Patience and perseverance were the reasons for success, and they enabled me to create an entire collection with the same construction technique,” says the designer, who divides her time working between Sao Paolo and New York.
Yael says her greatest source of inspiration is urban poetry in everyday life, particularly New York’s construction sites: “Sounds of construction as well as the rhythm of workers against the city’s backdrop inspire a sense of rhythm that I tend to impart to my jewellery.”
Recently, her structured precision was challenged when she collaborated with women artisans in the Amazon for the mini Teçume collection in support of a social project for them. “Using geometric gold structures set with diamonds and polished gemstone cabochons, I incorporated delicately-woven ambé vines that the artisans created using indigenous weaving techniques,” Yael shares.
Moving forward, Yael wants to continue to push boundaries in jewellery construction techniques, while holding on to her signature style.
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Necklace from The Yael Sonia X Teçume collection Ring from the The Yael Sonia X Teçume collection