GLAM ROCKS Pop art, Warhol and an ar­ray of joy­ful jew­ellery

Suzanne Syz’s pop art-in­spired jew­ellery gleams at PAD this year

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Soon af­ter the Swiss de­signer Suzanne Syz moved to New York in the early 1980s, she found her­self drawn into the city’s glam­orous art scene, and mix­ing with artists such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ju­lian Schn­abel and Jeff Koons. Warhol made a por­trait of Syz and her in­fant son – in fact, he pro­duced three, as she ad­mit­ted to be­ing dis­sat­is­fied with the first one – while Basquiat be­came a good friend, and she of­ten vis­ited him. ‘Spend­ing time in their stu­dios gave me an eye for colour,’ she says. ‘I was im­pressed by how they mixed it – I’m now very pre­cise with my own work as a re­sult.’

Im­mersed in this vi­brant world, Syz be­came a keen col­lec­tor of con­tem­po­rary art. And when she no­ticed that there wasn’t the same sense of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and fresh­ness in high jew­ellery, she be­gan to make her own. ‘Jew­ellery should not take it­self too se­ri­ously,’ she says. ‘It’s beau­ti­ful to have your grand­mother’s heir­looms, but it’s the 21st cen­tury and I like wear­ing pieces that re­flect that.’ Now liv­ing in Geneva,

Above: Syz’s Shop Till You Drop ear­rings

Right: Suzanne Syz. Be­low: her Hash­tag bracelet

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