Must-See Jewelry Collaboration: de Grisogono x Emmanuel Tarpin



Geneva-based jewelry house de Grisogono is embarking on an ongoing jewelry collaboration with Emmanuel Tarpin, the 27- year-old, award-winning French jewelry designer.

An acclaimed young designer, Tarpin has been honored with the Rising Star Award from Fashion Group International, and he was named designer of the year at this year’s  Town & Country Jewelry Awards.

Aluminum is Tarpin’s preferred medium for capturing the folds, ripples, dimples, textures, and colors of the natural world. For the de Grisogono collaboration, he was asked to use the house’s design codes as a starting point for a six-piece capsule titled Prologue (four of the designs are highlighted here).

“I like the maison’s notion of volume as well as its exuberance, which makes each of its pieces so interesting,” Tarpin said in a statement. “I find there is a similarity between the contrast of shapes, colors, and textures in de Grisogono’s creations as well as in mine. We also share a common notion of innovation and design and a love of delighting with surprise.”

For Prologue, Tarpin relied on a feminine, couture fashion–inspired ribbon motif expressed in spiraling loops and interlaced cordelettes.

De Grisogono x Emmanuel Tarpin necklace
“One of the key points of our collaboration is the quality of his drawing and sketches…. But most of all, it is Emmanuel’s sensitivity for the physical and sensual aspect of a jewel. Few designers have such a deep connection to the art of the craftsmen and women throughout the entire process of creation. I think we are very complementary,” de Grisogono CEO Céline Assimon said in a statement. Prologue necklace with 70.62 cts. t.w. black diamonds and 57.69 cts. t.w. white diamonds in 18k white gold, price on request
de Grisogono x Emmanuel Tarpin Earrings
Earrings with 8.66 cts. t.w. white diamonds and 9.26 cts. t.w. black diamonds in 18k white gold, price on request
de Grisogono x Emmanuel Tarpin bracelet
Bracelet with 6.95 cts. t.w. white diamonds and 8.71 cts. t.w. black diamonds in 18k white gold, price on request
de Grisogono x Emmanuel Tarpin ring
Ring with 5.01 cts. t.w. white diamonds and 4.22 cts. t.w. black diamonds in 18k white gold, price on request

In 2020, Prologue is expected to be followed by de Grisogono x Emmanuel Tarpin Chapters 1 and 2.

Working with Tarpin is, in fact, the first phase of de Grisogono’s new Creativity in Residence program, wherein Tarpin serves as the inaugural artist in residence.

The house plans to collaborate with a series of other artists in the coming years.

 

Top: The first phase of de Grisogono’s new Creativity in Residence program has acclaimed French designer Emmanuel Tarpin (left) at the helm of a collaboration capsule collection titled Prologue. Looking ahead, the program will likewise go on to ask other artists to interpret the house’s signature aesthetic in fresh and exciting ways. 

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