Generally speaking, a 30th birthday marks a significant milestone—an occasion of truly coming into one’s own identity. Such is the case for Vhernier the Italian jeweler that will celebrate its own 30-year anniversary this month with a new collection of its trademark minimalist jewelry.
Founded in 1984 by a collective of creatives—an architect, a sculptor and a jeweler—based in Valencia, Italy, Vhernier has built its brand on pieces that combine modern lines with delicate sensuality (they count artists Constantin Brâncu?i and Lucio Fontana as inspirations). An illusion of fluidity runs throughout Vhernier’s jewelry and is achieved by using softly rounded edges, rather than hard angles, and setting stones with only two prongs to give dense pavés an exceptionally smooth touch.
These core tenets are manifest in the two ranges that comprise the anniversary collection: Freccia, an homage to the triangle rendered in colorful gems and pavé diamonds (rings start at $6,000, bracelets at $18,000), and Bisquit, whose highlights include oval hoop earrings ($7,500) and chain-link necklaces ($24,700) in shades of Australian and Tahitian mother-of-pearl. Both lines utilize materials and techniques that have become Vhernier signatures, including layering mother-of-pearl atop turquoise or jade to lend the richly hued gems a milky opalescence, most luminously showcased in the Bisquit rings.
Vhernier’s relative youth in the august world of fine jewelry—most major players have roots going back more than a century—gives the brand its distinctively free spirit. And while it may be celebrating getting older, Vhernier’s designs are as modern as ever. vhernier.it/it-it/.