The most precious jewels are those that are passed down for their value, they symbolically hold wishes, secrets and intentions.
TALES AND LEGENDS.
A journey between France and Bali.
My creations are a mix of old French and Balinese jewellery.
HOLY SEED COLLECTION .
To create this piece of jewelry, I was inspired by two necklaces.
* The first one is a "slavery necklace" that my grandmother Janine used to wear. They were given to women as a token of love. As if they were "chaining" themselves to each other out of love. As if they were becoming slaves of each other. A very symbolic necklace at that time. Secretly, I tell myself that my necklace must contain all the love of my grandparents.
The peculiarity of this jewel is its opening. In reality, it is a barrel or clasp, which opens at the ends. It was worn by the most modest women as a pendant. While the wealthier women added pendants and chains, which represented the number of children in the family.
* The second piece of jewelry is an old necklace from the island of Java, Indonesia. A necklace from the Majapahit empire, dating back to the 12th century. In Javanese culture, nature is very present. This necklace represents a seed. A talisman to bring good harvest in the fields and prosperity.
MAGIC COIN COLLECTION.
To create this piece of jewelry, I was inspired by two coins.
* The first jewelry is an old "Louis d'Or" ring. This ring carries the history of France, since it is mounted with a French coin called the "Louis d'Or". This was struck in the image of Napoleon III under the reign of Louis XIV. Synonymous with wealth, nobility and prestige, these coins were mounted on rings, worn by both women and men.
*The second jewelry is nicknamed "Gobog Wayang" or "Magic Piece" in Indonesia. These amulets are found on the islands of Java and Bali, and are still commonly used today in Hindu rituals and dances, as a token of faith and supposedly bringing good luck. They are usually made from two coins.
To create this piece of jewelry, I was inspired by two hexagonal rings.
*The first piece of jewelry is an old hexagonal ring from the Art Deco era. Jewelry from this period was heavily influenced by geometric lines. It is said that by connecting the 6 opposite angles of the hexagon, a six-pointed star is formed, a reference to the divine and the spiritual. It is a shape considered perfect.
*The second piece of jewelry is an old ring from the island of Java. A hexagonal ring engraved with the "Sri" symbol. In Javanese mythology, the goddess "Sri", also known as Lakshmi, was considered to bring good luck and prosperity.
To create this jewel, I was inspired by two braided jewels.
* The first jewel is an old secret belt ring. In the 19th century, in France, people wore braided jewelry with the hair of a loved one. The belt-shaped ring opens in two parts and reveals a braided lock of hair, incorporated into a secret compartment. This jewel was worn out of love for the person or to feel closer to them.
* The "Rejang" dance is a sacred Balinese dance. It could only be performed during religious ceremonies, by dancers crowned with huge floral headdresses. These headdresses were braided with coconut leaves and white and yellow flowers, considered as a kind of offering to welcome the gods who descended to earth. Each village designs its own crown of flowers. Some are even over a meter high, to be closer to the gods.
To create this jewel, I was inspired by two filigree jewels.
* The first jewel is a "Gourmette". In France, it is offered at baptism. The first models were bracelets with filigree links, decorated with flowers and without person identification. The origin of the gourmette has a religious connotation that dates back to the Old Testament. It is said that this jewel is the link between humanity and God.
* The second jewel is a disk called "Kuwari" from the island of Sulawesi. These are protective amulets believed to possess great magical powers. They protect the wearer from black magic and illness. These filigree discs consist of floral motifs and magical symbols. They were worn during ceremonies by the Makassar, either as a pendant, or as a chest ornament, or pinned to the hair.