Sweets and ice creams, or flower vases and cacti for Cora Sheibani. The London-based designer has created jewelery collections inspired by the most diverse motifs. One is called Copper Mold and is inspired by old, metal cake molds, periodically renewed. It seems made especially for those who love to indulge in the pleasure of a slice of cake or pudding. The molds seem to generate a series of desserts of various kinds, from ice cream to puddings, which in reality are hand-carved hard stones such as opal, tiger’s eye obsidian, on which in some cases other small stones are applied as if they were decorations on a cake . Creams and chocolate, in short, become elegant rings that have the only flaw of stimulating the appetite. And not in a manner of speaking: the designer has also published a recipe book to accompany the collection (she, however, maintains an enviable silhouette).
Another collection, however, takes inspiration from the flower vases admired during a trip to Italy. Yet another to thorny plants such as cacti, or to dinosaur eggs. In short, the motifs are truly unusual and the result is surprising.
Cora Sheibani, in fact, knows the world of sweets well, since she was born in Switzerland, a country considered the homeland of chocolate. But thanks to the family environment in which she grew up (with her art dealer parents) she was surrounded with a passion for beauty, as evidenced by a degree in Art History from New York University. In January 2001, while studying Renaissance and pre-Raphaelites, Cora Sheibani decided that she wanted to design jewelry. In 2002 she graduated in gemology from London’s Gia and launched her eponymous label. She is also a design enthusiast and has published a book from her Valence collection with text by the Italian designer Ettore Sottsass, one of her first supporters.