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NVITBLANCHE:TheRitualsofCraftsmanship

ByAamaalAbdulMalik
WhenIthinkbackonmyfirsttriptoamajormuseum,Ifondlyrememberthecollectionsof
ancientjewels.TheEgyptians,theAztecs,theEtruscansallhadtheiruniquelanguageof
culture,history,beliefs,andritualscontainedwithintheseglitteringsymbolsofexistence.
Sincethen,Ihavebeenanancientcivilizationenthusiast,splittingmytimebetween
languagesofthetongueandexpressionsofthemind.Ioftenmentioninconversations
concerningcraftsandcraftsmanshipthatanycraftisatangibleexpressionofthethoughts
andexperiencesofanartisan.Jewelleryhasbeenoneofthemostcelebratedandpowerful
formsofexpressionforthousandsofyears.
Iamdrawntojewellerybecauseitcanbeasboldandglamorousordelicateanddemure
asdesired.Itisamasterfulprocessoftakingrawmaterialsandtransformingtheminto
attractive,symbolicmirrorswhichreflectthepersonalities,cultures,heritage,beliefs,and
tastesofeachwearer.Intodaystechnicallyadvancedjewelleryindustry,findingdesigners
whohavelearnedandstucktotheoldewaysofjewellerymakingisalwaysatreat.
Recently,Icameacrossadesignerwhospecializesincreatingjewellerythatincorporates
ancientcultures,highpuritymetals,ancestralmaterials,andthesciences,suchas
Astronomy.NewYorkbaseddesignerDavidHinesofNVITBLANCHEhascrafteda
remarkablecollection,creatingawardwinning,oneofakindpiecesdesirabletoany
seriouscollectorandadmirerofhandcraftedjewellery.Thecollectionincludesmaterials
suchasPersianandAmericanTurquoise,AfghaniLapisLazuli,Mediterraneanand
Japanesepreciouscoralandotherhighgradepreciousgemstones.
DavidwasborninCanada
andraisedinEngland,where
hestudiedPhilosophyandArt
HistoryattheUniversity
CollegeLondon.Afterwards,
hemovedtoNewYorkand
beganworkingforseveral
distinguishedartists,including
LouiseJosphineBourgeois,
theFrenchAmericanartist
andsculptorbestknownforherspiderstructures,titledMaman.Afterworkinginthe
tradingindustry,David
foundhimselfmakingart
again,includingjewellery.
Hisbackgroundin
PhilosophyandArt
Historycausedhimto
carefullycontemplate
form,structure,materials,
andancienttechniquesof
jewellerymaking.Allof
hisdesignsaremadeby
thehandsofasmall
groupofartisansinNew
York.Eachpieceisa
testamenttowhathasbeenandwhatwillbeawearableexpressionofancientand
moderntimes.
Iamespeciallyfondof
theStarMaps
Collection.Itconsistsof
ringsmadeof20kt
RoseGoldand
Platinum,each
displayingauniquestar
mapforaparticular
placeandtime.David
explainstheintricacy
andsingularityofeachpiece,providinganexclusiverecordofaspecificevent.Hesays:
"Thestarmapscomefromadesiretomarkinaspecificanduniqueway,
importantevents.Thehexagonshapeandastronomybothhavealongand
reveredheritageinIslamicculturallife.Thestarsshiftoverheadeversoslightly
eachdayandappearindifferentpatternsdependingonourterrestrialvantage
point.Eachnight,aspecificsetofstarsbecomesvisibleoverheadandisunique
tothattimeandplace.Similarpatternswillreappear,butneverquiteexactly.
Inthatspirit,theStarMapringstakeastripofstarsoveraspecificplaceona
specificdateandarelaidoutaroundthecircumferenceofthering.Inthisway,a
birthinRiyadh,April1,2013,adeathinMedina,June8,632,andapilgrimageto
Meccaeachhavetheirownuniquestonesettingpatternsbymarkingthestars
withdiamonds."
Attherecent30th
AnnualSpectrum
Awardspresented
bytheAmerican
GemTrade
Association
(AGTA),David
wonthe2014
MensWear
PlatinumHonors
Awardforhis
Platinum
Bloody
Knucklesrings,
featuring
mirrorsetRubies.
NVITBLANCHEisavailableatZAVER&MORandattheNVITBLANCHEshowroomin
NewYork.ThecollectionwillalsobeavailableonlinefromtheNVITBLANCHEwebsite
soon.Formoreinformationoncommissioningacustomdesignortopurchaseadesign
shownabove,contactDavidbyemail.StayupdatedonNVITBLANCHEnewsbyfollowing
themonInstagram.
Credits:
NVITBLANCHE
ZAVER&MOR
NATIONALGALLERYOFCANADA
AMERICANGEMTRADEASSOCIATION(AGTA)
PhotoscourtesyofNVITBLANCHE
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