ADDING TO PALLADIUM’S SHINE: Lara Bohinc is the latest designer to collaborate with the International Palladium Board to create a collection of jewelry crafted from the precious white metal.
London-based Bohinc has created two lines — a five-piece fine jewelry collection and a more accessible three-piece line, called Collision — inspired by her signature architectural shapes.
“I looked into structures that are very strong but also light,” said Bohinc, whose collection features delicate details, such as a cuff made from a lattice of palladium and edged with pave diamonds, and a cocktail ring with a South Sea pearl set into a latticed sphere shape. The Collision collection, meanwhile, includes designs such as the Double Collision ring, a sculptural piece inspired by shifting tectonic plates, done in onyx and palladium.
“The advantage [of palladium] is that it’s a very light material,” said Bohinc, noting that meant she had the freedom to create large, bold pieces.
The lines launch in Harrods and at Bohinc’s Sloane Street boutique in July. The Collision collection is priced from 450 pounds, or $704 at current exchange, for a pair of stud earrings through to 1,300 pounds, or $2,035, for the Double Collision ring. Meanwhile, the Palladium Fine Jewelry Collection by Lara Bohinc is priced from 7,700 pounds, or $12,060, for a cocktail ring through to 35,200 pounds, or $55,126, for a choker set with diamonds and a pearl.
The collaboration with Bohinc is part of the International Palladium Board’s Palladium Visions campaign, which involves the firm collaborating with artists, designers and jewelers through 2012. Earlier this year, Hussein Chalayan began to collaborate with the IPB, when he incorporated flashes of the precious metal into some of his fall 2012 designs.