September 16, 2018

Tiny Amsterdam / Miniature Amsterdam Houses Jewelry


My newest collection, Tiny Amsterdam, is my little tribute to the beautiful city of Amsterdam.

I love this town, it's small enough to cycle thorough all of it in only 40 minutes, but big enough to embrace people from 170 nationalities... eclectic, forward thinking, cool and at the same time super "gezellig" (cosy) and historical with houses which where built up to back in the 1500's.

No matter the crazy weather or a hard day, looking at the pretty houses spread throughout the city always lifts my spirit.



▽ the collection ▽

I've made 7 houses of the most iconic facades that you will be able to see in Amsterdam, which feature some styles of gables such as the neck gable, bell gable, step gable or tuit gable, and some variations of them.

I named each house with a short word in Dutch that would fit what this picturesque city radiates, and I hope that those words can also describe how you feel each time you wear your piece!



TROTS / PRIDE




LIEF / ADORABLE




LEUK / NICE




BLIJ / HAPPY




GELUK / LUCK




MOOI / BEAUTIFUL




GAAF / COOL





▽ the process ▽

I've made the models of the tiny houses completely by hand with traditional silversmithing techniques. 
I avoided using 3D printing because no matter how precise I want to be when making jewelry completely by hand, my hands always leave room for some imperfections - just like the real houses in Amsterdam, which are charmingly crooked due to the swamp terrain the city was founded in (and also because making them by hand is so much fun!).

Later, I cast them in 925 Silver in small batches and finish them by hand.
(Also available in 14kt or 18kt gold by request)




▽ why so tiny? ▽

What I love about small jewelry is that it is mostly for the wearer's delight - it might go unnoticed for the rest of the people, but all the details and secrets of the jewel are left only to the person wearing it, and to the eyes of the people she allows to get very close to her.

Their dimensions are around 4x3x7mm (~3/16 cubic inch), they are *REALLY TINY* - half my pinky fingernail, half of a pencil tip.



Tiny Amsterdam Necklace - Bell Gable House


▽ formats ▽


I started with silver necklaces: you can get them with one house, or up to as many as you want to create your very own Amsterdam skyline.
I also adapted these tiny houses to become braceletsearrings and dainty rings.














▽ packaging ▽

Lastly, all the Tiny Amsterdam houses are carefully packed in a little box or parchment envelope, with a card depicting the facade of the house.





I hope you like this collection as much as I do, and if you ever come to Amsterdam and you fall in love with this charming city just like I did, you can take with you a little part of it by wearing one of my tiny houses.

You can find them all on my Etsy shop! www.gemagenta.com

September 1, 2016

AMARANTA Collection

(from latin amarantusimaginary flower said never to fade)


The inspiration

This year has brought me one of the sweetest surprises: being pregnant for the first time!

Then when I found out that I was expecting a girl, my emotion doubled thinking of all the "girl moments" that we will share, and the jewels that one day I will make for her.


She's the one that has motivated me to create this collection inspired in our first months together. I was lucky to have a beautiful and calm pregnancy, I was able to walk a lot during that time and to enjoy seeing how Amsterdam bloomed before my eyes as my little girl grew inside of me.


In these walks I collected a few flowers, mostly my favourite - the wild ones, those that surprise me every year filling with life and beauty the most unexpected spots.


I've wanted to immortalize these flowers in metal as well as the feeling of joy, anticipation and love experienced during the sweet wait.


my sweet girl...  
all these months I've been eager to meet you, wondering how you are, what's your personality, the sound of your voice and the drive of your soul. 
I dream of you not as a little princess or as a small version of myself but as a wild flower, not a creature meant to be rescued or embellished, but a strong and beautiful being. I wish your soul can grow in freedom and abundance, no matter the weather that hits you or the terrain where your feet stand, I hope the wind helps you go to all the places your heart dreams about. 
I love you Lena Julieta
Mom 

The process

For creating the pieces of this collection I emulated the shapes of some of well known wild flowers I found like the poppy, lavender and foxglove blended with the petals, seeds and textures of other tiny flowers which I didn't even find their names.


I modeled by hand all the pieces in soft wax, paying special attention in texturing the petals and small flower buds and adding granules like tiny seeds for enriching the texture of every piece.


After casting the pieces in silver I reshaped them and made the necessary adjustments to transform these tiny sculptures onto portable jewels. (special thanks to my dear jeweler friend Sandra Savelli who helped me with all the soldering needed on these pieces during my pregnancy!)


For the finish I opted for two styles:
White silver, which I slightly polish after casting just to bring up some shine and the details. The result is very romantic and delicate, only by slowly observing the pieces all the details pop out.
And Oxidized silver, after applying black patina and polishing the pieces all the crevices recede and the textures and details stand out giving a more dramatic look.



The AMARANTA Collection


RINGS

PAPAVER RING, the seedpod of the corn poppy, which is my favourite part of this flower, it's the central motif in this ring, surrounded by stamens that embrace the seedpod and attach it to the finger.






PAPAVER PETALS RING, a bunch of ruffled papaver petals and granules like poppy seeds stand out from the center of this ring.







LAVENDER BRANCHES RING, two branches with little flower buds interlace to create the central motif of this ring.





FLOWERET RING, little flower buds and granules cluster in the middle of this delicate ring comfy to wear everyday. It can be personalized with your favorite gemstone, or a tiny solid gold granule.






NECKLACES

FLOWERET PENDANT, A bent branch with granules and a flower bud next to a blooming tiny flower compose this dainty pendant. You can get the matching earrings too!





FLOURISHING TEARDROP NECKLACE, Blooming branches are joined to form the silhouette of a teardrop. Viewed from the front or back the pendant is rich in details. Can be worn together with the small Floweret Studs for a long earring.





LAVENDER BRANCH NECKLACE, This chunky lavender branch gets transformed into an asymmetrical pendant full of detail and easy to layer with other necklaces.





DIGITALIS NECKLACE, the sculptural shape of the foxglove or "lady's glove" flower makes a nice weighted pendant coming with a long silver chain that you can pass through your head without the need of a clasp. Inside of the floxglove instead of its characteristic spots you will find endless granules like seeds coming out from a horn of plenty.





EARRINGS

FLOWERET STUDS, Tiny branches with granules and a flower bud next to a blooming little flower make these tiny and delicate studs perfect for every day. You can get the matching necklace too!





FLOWERET DANGLING STUDS, I added a tiny silver drop to the floweret studs to transform them into a small sized dangle earrings that you can wear daily but will look cool too for a special occasion.







LAVENDER BRANCH EAR CLIMBER, no need for a second piercing in your earlobe to wear this climber, a tiny branch blooming in your ear, very light and comfortable. You can also wear it hanging from your earlobe. (It's possible to buy on pair or only one if you want to match it with a stud or long earring.






FLOURISHING TEARDROP EARRINGS, I joined the small Floweret studs to the Flourishing teardrop pendant to make these long and romantic earrings that even though their big size feel light and comfortable.




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I hope you like this collection as much as I enjoyed creating it!

You can find all the new pieces on my Etsy shop!
During September and October I'll be working at a very slow pace because I'll be taking care of my newborn ♥ So it's perfect timing to order now if you want to receive these pieces by Christmas!
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