Gemma ex Lapide — Pietersite Long Earrings
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EARRINGS, AUTONOMOUS OBJECT
Pietersite stone, 18k yellow gold, Brass, Aluminium
This Pietersite Long Earrings are one item of the project ‘Gemma ex Lapide’. The Latin phrase ‘Gemma ex Lapide’ could be translated as ‘jewel gained from a stone’ or ‘gemstone extracted from a rock’. The project explores the core relationship between stones and jewellery, while it also bridges between body and space.
For this project, Studio DŌ works with stones in an experimental way, focussing on the unique elements each stone possesses, while also reflecting on the origin of (gem)stones in jewellery. These objects function both as sculptures, and as pieces of jewelry to be worn on body. By taking the jewel out of its box, Studio DŌ shares a piece of its (hi)story. Instead of storing the jewel in a drawer, you store it inside of the stone of it’s origin. The jewel and the stone both become objects of desire. One to adorn the body, the other to adorn a space.
14 x 24.5 x 10.8 cm
Object: 3.4 kg - Stone segment dimension ø0.8 cm, L.9,2 cm
Total Earring lenght: 13.5 kg
Blue, White, Gold
Stone is a fragile material, handle it rather as a piece of art than a product.
Precious metals and platings require regular maintenance.
Designed and handcrafted for occasional wearing.
Based in Antwerp, Studio DO is a stone cutting atelier founded by Dana Seachuga and Octave Vandeweghe. These two creatives work independently: Dana as a jewellery maker and Octave as an artist. For Studio DO they joined forces and share their creative visions and expertise.
Driven by their affection for stone cutting, they research the material and cultural role of (gem)stones within the realm of functional objects. Using basic interventions, shapes and aesthetics, they try to search for the minimal action necessary to give a rock a (traditional) function.
Studio DO works on design projects and takes commissions related to stone, art, design objects and jewellery. Label & Labour stand along each other as one, becoming inseparable.