Munich. Feb. 14, 2020. The creatures highlighted in Aurelie Dellasanta’s Urban Animal jewelry collection will appear familiar while still serving up a bit of shock value. That’s because the foxes, roosters, cats, rabbits, and pigeons (all animals found in the designer’s adopted hometown of London) that are rendered in sterling silver, gold vermeil, and black rhodium are all executed in a glorious scaled-down manner with the addition of punk effects. Think mohawks, spikes, chains, and collars in addition to one undeniably quirky (and necessary?) element: a tiny piece of metal poo. It’s too small to be instantly recognized, though, so don’t worry about judgmental eyes. Why is it there? It’s an equalizer, according to the artist.
“At the end of the day, we are all the same, so this is a reminder,” giggles Dellasanta.
The animals also feature fancy sapphire or diamond eyes as well as polished and matte effects. One whitish finish in sterling silver has a “depleted” look about it to give it a powerfully pale appearance. The jewels are carved in wax first and then cast and finished in London, while the actual animal silhouettes are modeled after tiny toy inspirations. Retail prices start at £200. This show marks the artist’s first exhibit at Inhorgenta (it’s also my first time covering it) and her third trade show to date. A fourth fair is on her wish list.
“I applied to Loot at the Museum of Arts & Design (MAD) in New York City, so I’m hopeful,” she says.
Punk Black Pigeon earrings in 18k gold vermeil with black-rhodium-plated silver and purple sapphire eyes, £295; available online at Aurelie Dellasanta Jewellery
Punk White Cock ring in whitened silver and black-rhodium-plated silver with pink sapphire eyes, £345; available online at Aurelie Dellasanta Jewellery
Punk Gold Doe necklace in 18k gold vermeil with pink sapphire eyes, £450; available online at Aurelie Dellasanta Jewellery
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