For his seventh collection, creative director of
This approach takes shape in jewellery that distorts natural silhouettes by placing gems on billowing clouds of titanium. The contrast becomes embodied in the design of the jewellery itself, with black spinels and blue sapphires making a seductive foil for flat-cut white diamonds in the ‘Chaîne d’ombre’ necklace. In other pieces, the gradients of colour are highlighted, with rough, uncut stones adding a sharp intensity.
‘It’s been a dream of mine: to leave the stones as they are,’ Hardy adds. ‘It came from something I experienced when visiting a gem-cutter, who showed me diamonds and tourmalines. When I shined my phone’s flashlight on them, the light cast shapes around each of them. I have simply highlighted the shadow projected by the stone. I have invented as little as possible, even in terms of how the colours are distributed over the pavé settings. I worked almost like a geologist, as close to the mineral as possible. Projecting light onto a rough stone is a revelation, a wondrous experience.’ §