1997 talisman


On journeys I made through Spain and Turkey I became fascinated by Islamic architecture.

I was intrigued by the wood carving in doors, the openwork windows and ornamented façades that give mosques and minarets a delicate lace-like appearance, despite their considerable size.

Islamic jewellery often has the same quality. The inspiration for this collection is the talisman holder. These are precious objects, often with lavish ornaments, chains and stones, contained in cases or cylinders. They can be used to store a talisman, which may consist of pieces of paper with magic formulas or texts from the Koran.

My jewels consist of hollow openwork forms capable of storing precious objects placed there either by myself or by the wearer and which serve to give the jewel an additional symbolic value.


translation by Donald Gardner