Inspired by the cast-iron birds that sit atop Grand Central Station, Harry Winston’s recent New York Collection, which includes diamond-and-platinum Eagle earrings, pays homage to the city’s built environment, where Winston lived, worked and fell in love. Similar to Winston’s creative team, other jewelry designers are following suit and finding inspiration in notable international architectural structures.
The 4 artistic forces behind the ancient Egyptian faience emerald-and-sapphire Hemmerle necklace looked to the exterior forms and interior drawings of Egyptian temples.
Wild Goose Pagoda inspired Jean Prounis’ Pagoda earrings with South Sea Pearl bases and multi-story domes of granulated 22-karat gold.
Jean Prounis and Temple St. Clair both turned to Buddhist stupas, or meditation structures, as architectural muses. “I was inspired by my visit to the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an China,” says Prounis of her Pagoda earrings with South Sea Pearl bases and multi-story domes of granulated 22-karat gold.
The Taj Mahal, perhaps the greatest example of India’s chhatris architecture, played a large role in the vision for both Sanjay Kasliwal’s Jaali cuff and Surendra Saboo’s sapphire, opal and diamond Aura ring. “I wanted this piece to look like the night sky above the Taj Mahal with a blue moon center punctuated by brilliant stars in the distance,” says Saboo. The ornate nature of these exquisite creations proves that incorporating traditional design elements, especially ones from significant and timeworn structures, will most certainly never go out of style.
PRODUCED BY: KATHRYN GIVEN
BIG WILD GOOSE PAGODA PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO. PYRAMID OF GIZA PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES. EAGLE AT GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO
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