The new Harlequin collection by Sabine G. combines the delicate work of vintage jewelry with bold colors and geometric forms. It’s the second collection from the London-based newcomer Sabine Ghanem, who launched her jewelry in 2012 and quickly gained a following for her fashionable designs.
The collection presents stackable geometric rings and bracelets, and draping gemstone necklaces and earrings in combinations of sapphires, diamonds, and emeralds ($3,000 to $20,000). The graphic color combinations are reminiscent of the patterns and colors in an old harlequin costume. The blending of traditional and modern designs stems from Ghanem’s wide-ranging experiences: She grew up spending time in Beirut, Geneva, and London, and later moved to New York City to study diamond grading and jewelry design at the Gemological Institute of America, before settling down in London a few years ago. For Ghanem, jewelry is more than just adornment; it is her way of telling a story. Both collections are designed around a specific theme or story, and she hopes both the jewelry and the stories will be passed down from one generation to the next. With Harlequin, the story is about a vintage aesthetic that looks as though the pieces may have come from grandma’s jewelry box.
The earlier Relic collection is a story about medieval romance. The swirling hearts and curvaceous shapes are forged in rose gold with delicate diamonds and rubies in patterns inspired by an engraving Ghanem saw on a 12th-century box. The designs ($315 to $26,000) were executed by Florentine goldsmiths using old-world techniques. Beyond the historical sensibility, each piece stands on its own as a fashionable and timely design. (www.sabineg.com)