Jewellery inspired by Jamaica

Jewellery inspired by Jamaica

Written by Editor

Topics: Fashion & Beauty

Belgian jewellery designer Véronique Linard, who goes by the curious moniker of “The Girl and The Magpie”, has a deep appreciation of the inherent beauty and diversity found in Jamaica’s natural environment. This has served as a source of inspiration for her art, and visitors to the Sanaa Studios in Liguanea on the evening of February 20 had the opportunity to see designs from her “Fragile Jamaica”, “Electric Jamaica” and “Planets” collections.

Earrings fashioned from electrical copper wire - The Girl and the Magpie "Electric Jamaica" collection

A ring of brass and coral from The Girl and the Magpie's "Fragile Jamaica" collection

Natural elements collected from all over the island constitute the Fragile Jamaica line, which Linard sees as “a humble way of putting the beauty of nature into the spotlight”. Some of these elements include boat-shaped pods from Ocho Rios in St. Ann, coral and brass, cactus wood and dried lotus pods from Treasure Beach in St. Elizabeth. The collection invites “reflections on the fragility of Jamaica’s ecological balance and encourages its preservation on all levels”.

Linard’s Electric Jamaica collection finds her fashioning jewellery from the most commonly available metal in Jamaica – electrical copper wire, while her Planets brass collection of planetary rings, cosmic earrings and epicycle inspired by the Jamaican night sky.

Several of her pieces were featured during last year’s staging of Caribbean Fashion Week, as she accessorised models showcasing Mutamba’s creations. Linard studied both classical and contemporary jewellery design at the Technical School for Arts and Crafts in Brussels, Belgium. She journeyed to Burkina Faso in Africa to master the lost-wax casting technique (an ancestral method for casting bronze) under the tutelage of Soum Bounkoungou.

She identifies with the magpie’s affinity for shiny objects, hence the name “The Girl and the Magpie”. Currently living and working in Jamaica, it is her hope to share her knowledge and unique perspectives on jewellery design with Jamaicans.

The Girl and the Magpie - Planets

A ring from The Girl and the Magpie's "Planets" collection (Photo courtesy of The Girl and the Magpie)

Earring Planets

Earring from The Girl and the Magpie's "Planets" collection (Photo courtesy of The Girl and the Magpie)

Fragile Jamaica Lotus - The Girl and The Magpie

Dried lotus pod for a necklace piece, from The Girl and The Magpie's "Fragile Jamaica" collection.

Electric Jamaica ring - The Girl and the Magpie

A ring from the "Electric Jamaica" collection (Photo courtesy of The Girl and The Magpie".

The Girl and the Magpie - Lost Wax Technique

The Girland the Magpie necklace made by using the lost-wax casting technique.

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