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Cora Sheibani Shows Off Her Green Thumb In Sotheby’s East Hampton Show

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Beginning Thursday and running through Aug. 21, Sotheby’s is hosting a sales exhibition at its East Hampton, N.Y., gallery showcasing London-based jeweler Cora Sheibani’s latest release. A pun at its finest, the collection of jewels is called Pottering Around and was inspired by the Swiss native’s time spent during the pandemic’s lockdown tending to her plants. Soon enough, she found herself sketching jewelry designs that were flourishing with plants and grounded by pots—which quickly turned into a family of cocktail rings, dangling earrings, chunky bracelets, and more.

Cora Sheibani earrings
“I created earrings with dangling plants in various sizes. The first finished piece was with small oval green beryl leaves set in a platinum and snow obsidian pot, and the most recent design features multicolored tourmalines,” says London-based jeweler Cora Sheibani.

“It’s a collection about juxtaposing the man-made—the pot is made out of faceted hard stones, and gold or platinum—against the organic (the plants, which are made of gemstones, titanium, and aluminum),” Sheibani tells JCK. “Pots are man-made and can be perfect, but plants cannot be controlled and so they are never perfect.” Sheibani plans to take this concept of adaptability a step further in a future edition of the rings that allows the plant stones to be “repotted” into different pot bases.

Cora Sheibani bracelet
“I created a chunky bracelet in bronze and gold with all Swiss materials: pebbles with cross lines and rows of Swiss quartz squares in between. I am also making this design as a large cuff in titanium so that it is easy to wear, not too heavy, and less expensive,” says Sheibani.

And while Sheibani will also take this opportunity to exhibit some of her previous, recognizable works (including her Copper Mould Bundt cakes and Ice Cream rings), this show marks the stateside debut of Pottering Around. “I am thrilled to do a show at Sotheby’s, as it gives me an opportunity to connect with an audience that not only loves jewelry but also art and design,” she says, “which is the audience I feel appreciates my jewels the most.”

Top: The pieces shown here are “available in titanium, gold, or a combination of these metals along with a range of plants. The plants will be named after the craftsmen and women, both goldsmiths and stone cutters, on whom I rely on to interpret my drawings and ideas,” says Cora Sheibani.

Photos courtesy of Sotheby’s

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By: Annie Davidson

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