Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Designer: Lene Vibe

Lene Vibe in her Copenhagen workshop/boutique

Denmark's Lene Vibe is a Cophenhagen-based designer whose style has taken jewellery design and pushed it to new boundaries. Her pieces are like miniature items of art - mini sculptures perhaps - each handmade and incorporating a range of unusual details, from little gold snails creeping up the side of her rings, to recycled diamonds taken from pieces of 200-year-old jewellery.

18ct yellow and white gold ring, featuring a tiny angelic portrait, white diamonds, shells and slug

With silver and goldsmith training under renowned jewellery designer Georg Jensen, Lene's work has a quality found only in such handmade pieces. You can really see the love and time spent on her designs - Lene and just one assistant make all the pieces in their Copenhagen shop-come-workshop.

18ct yellow gold drop earrings, set with green citrine flat briolettes

Her designs are made from matt-finished 18ct yellow gold, and feature baroque pearls, diamonds and paler coloured gemstones. Her style has a unique edge rarely found in jewellery design nowadays; it's both organic and luxurious; quirky yet precious; detailed yet bold.

18ct yellow gold organic bangle, studded with diamonds, flowers and beasties

The influences behind Lene's designs are a heady mix; Renaissance decoration and portraiture and fairytale magical woodlands. This combination lends to the detail found in Lene's jewellery. Her rings feature tiny portraits, sprinkled with loose diamonds and encased in glass (think Chopard's Happy Diamonds gone organic), while her baroque pearl earrings blossom and bloom with floral decorations and the occasional insect or sea shell.

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