“It started actually here,” Delfina Delettrez said while sitting on the steps of Les Arts Decoratifs yesterday. “Because I’d already presented in this space and fell in love with this beautiful floor.”
The black and white marble floors of the museum’s foyer were reflected in her presentation—her fantastical jewelry adorned black and white jester-like figures—as well as the jewelery itself.
“After having used resin which is a very modern thing [last season], I sort of wanted to go back to Roman origins and create jewelry, where you couldn’t really understand if they were contemporary or antiques,” Delettrez added. Mission accomplished. The young jeweler mixed marble and mosaics into her silver and gold designs, hanging actual columns from rounded chokers and stringing tiles along a silver chain.
“I opened my atelier on this street where you can still see the artisans working,” Delettrez said. “I found this guy who was working with a mosaic and I just got crazy about it. I wanted to learn more and after that, collaborate with him. And then I found out this guy next to me works with marble, so I wanted to put a lot of Italian brains all together and just help each other and give support to crafstmanship.”
Delettrez’s respect for craftsmanship doesn’t interfere with her sense of fun, however. Among the columned brooches and mirrored rings are her now classic fingers, extra fancy with a coat of diamonds, and a set of cage-like pieces inspired by her daughter’s playpen. Click through to see more pieces from the collection!
Photo: Delfina Delettrez
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