Robb Design Portfolio: Radiant Geometry

Lasers lend these designs their cutting edge.
Parisian jeweler Lorenz Bäumer (www.lorenzbaumer.com) is not the first artist whose inspirations sometimes exceed the technical skills of even the most expert artisans. Such was the case with his concepts for the Mikado series, which features interpretations of motifs borrowed from the Murano glass doors of Venice’s Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, home to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Rather than rely on traditional casting methods to create the complex geometric forms he envisioned, Bäumer turned to a three-dimensional digital design technology widely used in the aerospace industry. Each intricate piece of jewelry begins as a solid resin model cut by laser using a three-dimensional printer. Once Bäumer is satisfied with the shape, his craftsmen apply the same techniques that jewelers have relied on for centuries to create a wax mold, cast the setting, affix the gems, and hand-polish the finished design. The results are precise, faithful, and—for Bäumer—gratifying realizations of his patiently held vision. “I’ve had these doors in my mind for a long time,” he says. “When the light shines through them, the glass appears like a painting.”

Chanel, Mikimoto, Todd Reed, and others reinterpret the classic gem…
The reportedly $2 million Pearl Egg is Fabergé’s first piece in a new series of private commissions…
Photo by Doyle New York
In its 53 years, Doyle has auctioned the estates of Gloria Swanson, Bette Davis, and other film...
Photo by Bertrand Moulin
A cloak of secrecy has long kept the jewelry trade hidden from public view...
The show will spotlight a selection of rare pieces from seven of the world’s top diamond houses…
Two extremely rare jewels, one of which was owned by Napoléon’s niece, will headline the sale…
Exceptional colored gemstones were in high demand at the annual fair…
In celebration of Easter, here are some of Robb Report's favorite Fabergé eggs...
The internally flawless type IIa stone is one of the largest and rarest in existence…
The Milanese jeweler celebrated the opening with one-off jewelry pieces inspired by paintings…