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Hermès presents the High Jewelery collection “Les Jeux de l’Ombre”

The luxury house Hermès presented a new high jewelry collection “Les Jeux de l’Ombre” designed by Pierre Hardy, creative director of Hermès jewelry. It was launched during the thrill of Paris Haute Couture Week, in an impressive theatrical performance created by Lina Lapelytè. Fashion photographer Elizaveta Porodina skillfully captured the collection using editing techniques such as layering and saturation associated with psychedelics to give us a wonderful experience.

According to Hermès “the collection tells about the movement of shadow and its relationship with light, and the contrasts that connect them”. Light plays a vital role in jewelry display contributing to its beauty and vibrancy as it has the ability to capture the myriad hues, contours and textures. We rarely hear about his reverse and his shadow. Hardy’s has abstracted the themes of intangible shadows and their relationship to light for its seventh collection. “We always talk about light and sparkle in jewelry, so I wanted to take the opposite approach,” says Hardy.

Throughout the collection, the initiation to light is done through gemstones in degraded or monochrome hues, as on the ‘Miroir d’ombre’ necklace.

Hardy explores ideas of duality, the juxtaposition of light and dark, with pieces that are split in two as seen on the “Shadow Chains” necklace using flat-cut white diamonds shaded by gradients black spinels and blue sapphires.

The functional aesthetic so essential to Hermès with ingenious jeweler mechanisms finds its apogee in the “Couleurs du jour” necklace, a triptych that opens and closes, one minute hiding its treasures and the next revealing them to the light.

The beauty of the materials used is highlighted in the “Raw Lights”, a series of rings and earrings made from raw, uncut stones, chosen for their intensity. By filtering the light, yellow diamonds, brown diamonds, spessartite garnets, tsavorite garnets and tourmalines produce variations of a single hue that bring us back to their original splendor, like treasures of the earth.

Pierre Hardy, creative director of the house’s jewelry for more than two decades, has once again artfully created a collection of 53 pieces perpetuating Hermès’ heritage of fine craftsmanship dating back to 1837.

‘Les jeux de l’ombre’ is presented at 24, Faubourg Saint-Honoré Store in Paris from July 7 to 30, 2022.

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