Sylvie Corbelin Pays Homage to Klimt With Her Nocturne Ring

“I make jewelry with a spirit of resistance to ­fashion,” says Parisian designer Sylvie Corbelin, who created this Paris Nocturne Klimt ring as an ode to Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, another artist who intentionally wanted his work to please a few (as opposed to the many). The ­decorative design pays tribute to Klimt’s Art Nouveau masterpiece Tree of Life, while also celebrating night (nocturne). That’s when, Corbelin says, “everything is slower and takes on a soft and quiet character.”


With the painted opal as her starting point, Corbelin and her artisans used some of her favorite gemstones “to set and mix materials, like a chef with his recipe,” she says. “I think style is built this way. I hope my design brings strangeness, amazement, and fun to people!”

Branch Lesson

The designer’s inspiration for the ring came in the form of a small collection of rare opals, all decorated with Japanese Urushi lacquers, that she recently acquired. “One of them represented a Tree of Life drawn in the manner of Gustav Klimt,” she says. “And I have a real passion for the artistic movement he led, the Vienna Secession.”

In Like Klimt

The rectangular ring was fabricated in 18k yellow gold with sterling silver and features 71.35 cts. t.w. lacquered opals, 0.93 ct. t.w. emeralds, 3.2 cts. t.w. turquoise, and 1.15 cts. t.w. diamonds. At press time, it was available at Corbelin’s atelier for $45,500.

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