DIAMOND DAIQUIRI: British artist Marc Quinn, who used his own frozen blood for a sculpture, has been working with materials that are more enticing.
One of his latest projects is a strawberry-shape pendant, cast in 18-karat white gold and studded with more than 600 diamonds. The pendant, Frozen Strawberry 2007, was a commission from London gallerist Louisa Guinness, who challenges artists to create jewelry. The work was to be unveiled during a private viewing April 20 at Ben Brown Fine Arts in London's Mayfair. Quinn has made 10 strawberries, which will retail at 24,000 pounds, or $47,520, each.
"I like the form of the strawberry for a number of reasons, mostly because it's like a heart," said Quinn. "The strawberry is a refreezing of one of my frozen sculptures, only in another medium."
The pendant is molded from a real fruit. Quinn removed each of the strawberry's 270 seeds. In addition, he dotted the strawberry with diamond clusters made to look like bits of ice. Each piece was handmade in England, signed, numbered and presented in a bespoke leather box with a Perspex lid.
"The idea is that when the strawberry isn't worn, it can be displayed as an art object," said Guinness, who has commissioned jewelry from artists such as Sam Taylor-Wood, Antony Gormley and Anish Kapoor.
Her latest project was with Tim Noble and Sue Webster, who created a pair of silver and ruby cuff links that sold for 850 pounds, or $1,683. Guinness' method is simple. She approaches the artist, and he or she comes up with a jewelry idea.
"It's about taking sculpture to another scale and asking the artist to create a portable sculpture," said Guinness, adding that the buyers so far have been mostly art collectors. "We don't really consider it jewelry — it's more sculpture in another realm."
LET THE MUSIC PLAY: Swarovski and Philips are unveiling their first collaborative project called Active Crystals, a line of earphones and USB memory keys made of silver and transparent crystal.
The collection includes four pairs of earphones — with ethereal names like Space, Icon, Mirage and Amazone — each containing fewer than 20 grams of faceted crystal to ensure comfort and fit. The USB keys, in four models resembling either hearts or locks, retain as many as 1,000 photos or 250 songs and require a user password to protect the most sensitive information.
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