Who says luxury fashion has no sense of humour?
Not jewelry designer Nadine Ghosn, in any case, who for several years has been making offbeat creations, reinterpreting motifs and objects from popular culture without a hint of self-consciousness. The latest in line is a series of rings set with precious gemstones inspired by the long-time kids’ favourite, Lego.
From a necklace in the form of earphones, to earrings featuring mini can openers or protractors — not to mention a hamburger ring — Nadine Ghosn makes jewelry that is as refined and sophisticated as it is original, constantly surprising fans and collectors. Now, the designer has added a childhood throwback to her collections with the “Building Blocks” line, inspired by the art of assembling bricks, more precisely, Lego.
While this is in no way, shape or form a collaboration — although it could always become one — the collection is inescapably inspired by the famous brightly coloured building blocks. The designs are striking — sometimes boldly colourful, sometimes more understated — and each of the rings unquestionably evokes the top of a Lego brick. There’s one key difference, however — these ones evidently can’t be assembled and reassembled in near-infinite combinations.
The project took time to come about, since cutting the stones into these geometric shapes proved a meticulous process. “Although the collection concept was clear to me from the onset, it took two years to materialise, from digesting the components and perfecting the concepts to working closely and carefully with craftsmen refining the precious materials used,” explains Nadine Ghosn on her Instagram account. She adds: “Revisiting with childhood familiarity the first blocks that taught us how to rebuild. Bigger. Brighter. Better.”
Rubies, diamonds, topaz and sapphires are just some of the exceptional gemstones used in these original creations. And, rest assured that the prices have nothing in common with the classic kids’ toy, ranging from US$4,480 to $23,380 for the first pieces unveiled on the designer’s website.