The monkeys by Bibi van der Velden: luxury and irony walk together ♦ ︎
Bibi van der Velden has become famous for jewelry fans who love innovation also for the use of unusual materials such as mammoth tusks or scarab wings. But also for a subtle irony that surrounds a very innovative design. These two qualities, irony and design, are found in the Monkey collection. In fact, the collection is presented as follows: “Monkeys are among the most entertaining and intelligent animals on Earth, representing fun and flexibility. We never get enough of these fascinating species and their beloved bananas and we could not think of a better inspiration for our new jewelry designs.” In short, monkeys and bananas are really cheerful elements.
But you should not underestimate the more technical aspect: the bananas are made by working lemon quartz, the palm leaves are of green tsavorite, while the monkeys are in 18-carat rose gold and silver, with brown and white diamonds. Prices: almost 3000 euros for the simplest earrings, over 6000 for pendants with bananas up to over 11000 euros for the ring. In any case, luxury and fun can be together: it’s a good idea. Cosimo Muzzano