Shirley Zhang, the depth of oriental thought enclosed in a jewel ♦ ︎
The high jewelery of Chinese designers has a unique, indisputable, precise identity. The millenary culture, the oriental sensibility, the delicacy in the processing of the material make creativity in high-level jewelry, a separate story. And this is the case with Shirley Zhang, whom we met at Baselworld. The designer founded her fine jewelry brand in 1994. She is based in Shenzhen. With an admirable lightness and ease in the design of his pieces, Shirley Zhang reminds with his jewels the delicate decorations with ink of the old masters. Although she is perfectly in tune with our times, as evidenced by the choker with flower motif made of titanium, gold, diamonds, sapphires, lapis and hot enamels, the house specialty, which is part of the Chinese tradition. Nature is, in fact, one of the great sources of inspiration. But it is a pin that reveals the all-Chinese ability to infuse a double reading of an image or, as in this case, an object.
The brooch, in fact, tells a part of Shirley’s way of interpreting life. The designer has faced various obstacles over the years. In the moment of drawing a balance on the past, he considered difficult experiences like a broken vase. But even the fragments of the broken vase can create something pleasant and beautiful. In short, the brooch (price: 18000 euros) is not just a gem, but a revelation. Difficult to find a similar comparison for a Western jewel.
The jewel is actually convertible into five different ways, you can choose how to wear it. The greatest difficulty in achieving it was to use hot enamel on the convex surface. Each fragment of the vase has its own space on the surface. In addition to
enamel, the brooch is made of 18 carat gold, spinels, diamonds, tsavorite, diopside.