It is said that western high jewelleries are often designed dynamically, with characteristics in the rich techniques. In contrast, the high jewelleries from Japan tend to have a design with delicate sense of aesthetics, using elaborate technique. Premium Japan will introduce the carefully selected Japanese high jewellery brands, that are praised as both art and craft work, and purifies one’s heart with its shine and sparkle.
Giving the jewellery an eternal life based on the “100 Year Plan”
“Gimel” is one of the jewellery brands representing Japan, founded in 1974. When starting the brand, the founder and representative Kaoru Akihara, set a “100 Year-Plan”, considering that the brand will require at least 100 years to be accepted internationally. Luckily, her prediction turned out to be incorrect. In 2000, Gimel was chosen as one of the 11 leading international designers by the Sotheby’s, at an auction titled as “Au Courant” in Geneva. As a country that was introduced to jewelleries by the Western nations, it was not easy as a Japanese jewellery brand with a short history, to be approved by the world of jewellery with rich history. Still, Gimel’s unique aesthetics and their elaborate craftsmanship have brought an approval by the jewellery authority in Europe.
The “Turtle” brooch is designed using the unique crystal structure of the Trapiche Emerald. It is extremely rare to find a Trapiche Emerald with magnificent pattern, that clearly appears like this brooch. Brooch, Pt950, Trapiche Emerald, Emerald Diamond, Alexandrite (Not for Sale)
The foundation of the Gimel jewelleries is their technique in the pave setting. Pave, as their meaning as “Pavement” in French, is a setting which attaches gemstones onto the framing of the jewellery’s metal. The technique was used in Art Deco jewelleries in the past. You can observe Gimel’s pave setting technique from their representative jewellery, “Lotus”. From the clear diamonds to pink diamonds and green demantoid garnets, the gemstones are carefully framed on the metals to create a natural color gradation. A breathtaking amount of effort is required for this technique, and the work can only be created by having the skills and all the colors and forms of gemstone.
“Torch Runner” Brooch. Pt950 K18 Yellow Gold, Spinel, Diamond. 2,200,000 Yen (Without Tax)
“Rugby Player” Brooch. Pt950 K18 Yellow Gold, Diamond, Ruby, Yellow Diamond. 4,000,000 Yen (Without Tax). The fascination of this brooch exists in the production of cutting the diamond to the design, and preparing the required size and number of baguette cut diamonds.
Gimel is renown in the jewellery industry for setting their standards of selecting diamonds extremely high. The pin brooch created for the Tokyo Olympic Games have applied calibre cut. This is a technique of cutting and setting the gemstones based on the design. The technique is rarely applied since the form needs to be carved out from a large piece of gemstone, leaving a fair amount pieces of gemstones behind. The brilliant sparkle of the brooch is a result from elaborate craftwork beyond imagination.
Photography by © Gimel Trading co.,ltd.
Art or Craftwork? The High Jewell…