Something new and exotic has attracted tons of attention on the jewellery scene – the highly ornate and strikingly feminine designs by Clara Saldarriaga. Her marvellous creations are a unique blend of high-quality craftsmanship and beautiful, clean forms inspired by Nature.
At the core of the eye-catching collection lies the designer’s inspiration from Colombia’s rich flora and fauna, which results in gentle, yet strikingly original pieces. Her jewellery is unique in the fact that it consists of real flowers, petals, leafs and seeds encapsulated in gold and silver. This adds an otherworldly feature to the intricately stylized pieces as the wearer develops a personal relationship with them as new patterns and colours start to emerge.
The pre-Hispanic influence is clearly visible in the enthralling pieces, such as the $450 pheasant ring in etched gold and its $650 equally striking serpent version, which wraps around the finger. The highly ornate pair of frogs are retailing for $550 and the delicately feminine Medellín’s wild orchids are sold for $340 gold and $280 with longevity being at the root of the brand.
The nature-inspired gems carry a unique feature in that they effectively extend the life of a plant, turning them into exquisite creations. Upcoming pieces are a sublime blend of raw Colombian emeralds and filigree from Mompox – a colonial port city. Only the highest level of craftsmanship is employed to wield such fine quality of fabulous designs that etch the best of Nature in gold and silver.
The cuffs are strikingly intricate and wrap delicately around the wrist in a way that accentuated the feminine form, which is difficult to achieve for heavier, bigger jewellery. Clara Saldarriaga’s original pieces are a statement-making accessory that any modern, fashionable woman would appreciate.