The Art of Buccellati

March 12, 2015 Cheryl Kremkow Jewelry Design, The Innovators Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

The Art Collection by Buccellati is inspired by Impressionist paintings

Is jewelry art?  A new exhibit to celebrate the opening of Buccellati’s new flagship store on Madison Avenue in New York says “of course.”

The exhibit of The Buccellati Art Collection showcases five jeweled masterworks next to the five masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism that inspired them. The project is a collaboration between Andrea Buccellati and Lucrezia Buccellati, his daughter, who is the first woman to design for the brand. Paintings are courtesy of David Wildensteinof Wildenstein & Co, who also happens to be Lucrezia’s husband.

Viewing the exhibit is an embarrassment of riches: the paintings by Claude Monet, Pierre Bonnard, Winslow Homer, Mikhail Larionov and Odilon Redon could comfortably hang in the Metropolitan Museum of Art a few blocks away.  And each of the five intricate jewels they inspired took months to design and construct.

It’s also fascinating to experience the paintings and play a guessing game of how the forms and emotions of each painting will translate into metals and gems, comparing your own visions with the final Buccellati creation. The jewels are constructed using Buccellati’s signature honeycomb technique so they are light and transparent on the body, accented with diamonds, and in one case, Paraiba tourmalines. Dimension adds to the sensation of movement.

Andrea and Lucrezia Buccellati

Many of the jewels are collaborations between the father and daughter, a balance between genders, between generations, and between New York and Milan. “I think Lucrezia brings a new point of view, more feminine,” Andrea said. “I can help her with my experience of how to construct the piece, the technical drawings.” Lucrezia agrees: “Our collaboration creates a kind of equilibrium, combining our differences into one to create, not perfection, but almost perfection.”

In particular, a delicate pair of ear cuffs inspired by Odilon Redon, a Buccellati first, were an idea of Lucrezia that her father initially rejected. “The painting made me imagine dreams of flying so I designed these ear cuffs like wings,” Lucrezia explained. “I first said, Lucrezia, it’s not us,” Andrea said. “But she said, no Papi, we have to do it. And she’s right, it tells our story in a more contemporary way.”


Inspiration: Claude Monet’s Tempête sur les Cotes de Belle-Ile

Detail of Tempete sur la Cote de Belle-Ile, courtesy of Wildenstein & Co

Buccellati sketch for earrings inspired by Claude Monet's Tempest

Monet-inspired Earrings by Buccellati


Inspiration: Winslow Homer’s Light Blue Sea at Prout’s Neck

Detail of Winslow Homer's Light Blue Sea at Prout's Neck

Winslow Homer-inspired cuff bracelet by Buccellati

Inspiration: Odilon Redon’s La Chute de Phaéton

Detail of Odilon Redon's La Chute de Phaeton

Winged Buccellati ear cuffs inspired by Odilon Redon's La Chute de Phaeton

Inspiration: Pierre Bonnard’s Deux Vases de Fleurs

Detail of Pierre Bonnard's Deux Vases de Fleurs

Board-inspired pendant by Buccellati

Inspiration: Mikhail Larionov’s The Spider’s Web

Detail of Mikhail Larionov's The Spider's Web

Buccellati Ring inspired by Mikhail Larionov's The Spider's Web


The exhibition officially opens today with a celebration even to benefit the Save Venice foundation in the new Buccellati five-story flagship store at 714 Madison Avenue in New York.


1 Comment

  1. Meiko Lucas 8 years Reply

    Take the bow Buccellati father and daughter duo for taking the creativity to a much higher level, probably where the divine power resides. I do not thing such a beautiful creation could have been possible with out divine inspiration and intervention. Some times you do not feel bad by being jealous or being at awe, this is one of of those times.

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