Styling / Art Direction

Titanium is one of the new industrial materials that designers have incorporated into high jewellery because it doesn’t corrode or cause allergic reactions and it is light and strong, enabling large sculptural pieces to float around the ears and throat.  Many of the new wave of jewellers coming out of Asia have used the metal to stunning affect, peppered with stones its petrol like colours appeal to cultures where colour is key.

In this shoot I called in an embarrassment of treasures.  From Wallace Chan to Cindy Chao, many came with body guards and strict time slots and our gorgeous model Joanna Dias gamely kept up with the sprightly pace set by husband and wife team Sandrine & Michael.  Even the studio cat got in on the act, trying to sit in on the shoot but in the end our red on red set yielded a fantastic selection of minimal but colour drenched shots which were nominated for an award in America as I recall.

Jewellery “The Wheel of Time” necklace in titanium with South Sea pearls, diamonds and sapphires, Wallace Chan

Rose collection peony brooch in titanium with rubies and diamonds, Cindy Chao

Red Carpet collection necklace in titanium and white gold with turquoises, sapphires, tsavorites, garnets, topaz and diamonds, Chopard

“A Moon Voyage” butterfly brooch in titanium with sapphire, emeralds, topaz, tsavorite garnet, and yellow and white diamonds, Wallace Chan. Butterfly brooch/pendant in titanium with rainbow chrysocolla and diamonds, Anna Hu. Butterfly brooch in titanium and white gold with opals, sapphires, and brown and white diamonds, Moussaieff

Red lantern earrings in titanium and gold with rubies, rubellites and jade, Lydia Courteille

Eclisse earclips, ring and bracelet in titanium with diamonds, Vhernier

Earrings in titanium and white gold with yellow and white diamonds, sapphires and paraiba, Carnet by Michelle Ong

Creative Team Stylist: Melanie Grant, Photographer: Sandrine Dulermo & Michael Labica, Hair: Ernesto Montenovo, Makeup: Marco Antonio using Bioderma skincare and Mac Pro, Nails: Nickie Rhodes Hill, Model: Joanna Dias at Milk Management.

Photographed for 1843 Magazine at The Economist in January 2020.


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