Monts & Merveilles
Monts & Merveilles
Carved titanium and set diamonds, linocut.
At the end of the eighteenth century one of the discoverers of titanium named the new material after the mythological Titans. And for good reason: it is a metal
with remarkable combination of qualities, strong as steel, very light, and resistant to almost every aggressive substance or environment. That not only makes it perfect for, for
instance, spacecraft's, but also for jewellery. The Swiss goldsmith Fabrice Schaefer got inspired by the combination of titanium and diamonds: both materials share an similar purity and
hardness: Pur & Dur. The diamonds in these jewellery pieces are brought to life in specialized workshops, the titanium however is dealt with by Schaefer himself. The special capacities
of the material also imply that it is impossible to simply weld or solder it. Which calls for a creative approach: this time the maker cut and sculpted his rings directly from a solid piece
of metal. In this way they acquire an expressive surface, which can be either sturdy or almost poetic. The sparkle of the precious stones will constantly supply a subtle counterpoint.
Fabrice Schaefer is very keen that his work is a pleasure to wear for he highly values the intimate contact
between the skin of hand and the jewel, between man and object.
Born 1969 in Geneva, Switzerland
1993-1996 Academy of Applied Arts, Geneva (CH). Jewellery and Art Objects Department, Professor Esther Brinkmann (diploma).
1998-2000 Assistant, Academy of Applied Arts, Geneva. Jewellery and Art
1998-2020 Director of TACTILe gallery, Geneva
since 2000 Professor at University of Art and Design Head-Geneva
Electroformed freshwater pearls with fine silver on a sand casted silver ring, with a bit of copper.
AMBROISE DEGENÈVE This ring is made by different steps. First I made the ring using sand casting, I really like this process, it is a very old one, limited and radical. After I adjust the pearls on this ring, then to electroforming the pearls I start with a thin copper plating to protect them from the acidity of the silver electroforming bath. 4 days of electroforming after, the ring looks like a fossil, the pearls are fully covered, and then I have to find them by cutting and polishing the material. I used freshwater pearls because they are fully made with mother of pearls contrary to the cultured sea pearls in which a ball of a mollusc is put inside.
Born 1987 in France.
2010-2011 Internship at Ateliers Jean Grisoni, Paris, France.
2011-2015 Assistant, freelance workshop manager (design and production) in the Ateliers Jean Grisoni, Paris, France.
Since 2011 Freelance designer.