This gemstone chandelier isn’t technically jewellery, nevertheless it IS made from jewels! I’d put on it if I might, however I feel pure measurement dictates that this one needs to be jewellery for a home, not an individual. Or maybe a fort – it’s that spectacular.
Alhaja is a piece of gemstone artwork by Colombian gemologist and designer Sebastian Jaramillo. This mind-boggling piece took over 6 years to construct, is made up of two,000 particular person handmade items, and options greater than 23,000 carats of gems.
Jaramillo was finding out with GIA in New York Metropolis when inspiration struck. Within the designer’s personal phrases:
I keep in mind sitting on the steps of New York’s public library, that’s once I first got here up with the thought of constructing one thing grandiose, one thing absurdly stunning, one thing that deep down I at all times needed to create however lacked the braveness to begin.
As I sat there consumed in an imaginary of gems and lightweight, possessed by my eccentric inside baby that dares to dream massive and picture with few guidelines and bounds, Alhaja got here to life. I knew after that, that sometime, one way or the other, I needed to create her.”
The central factor of the chandelier is a lush expanse of 800 hand-carved curling inexperienced leaves made from enamel over gold-backed lucite. Alhaja’s unbelievable foliage is dwelling to a flock of twenty-two tiny, bejeweled bugs and animals, every lovingly formed in valuable supplies.
Each inhabitant of this considerable gemstone chandelier is an homage to the wealthy biodiversity of Jaramillo’s homeland, Colombia.
There are gilded silver dragonflies constituted of opals, sapphires, tourmaline, and tanzanite, frozen mid-flight with delicate wings of plique-a-jour enamel. Butterflies of amethyst, sapphire, citrine, and aquamarine. Snails of garnet, amethyst, and pearl. A golden hen with an emerald eye. A butterfly with rubellite, sapphires, and aquamarines. Bees with enameled wings and pearl our bodies. Alhaja is solely teeming with gemstone creatures.
Oh and if that weren’t sufficient: these valuable creatures are all suspended by wire for an en tremblant impact, permitting every insect and butterfly to flutter in each breeze, bringing the artwork to life.
The central components of the chandelier are gold-plated, with a high cover of hand-chased flowers with peridots and pink guilloche enamel. The second enameled cover suspends 24 ropes made from tumbled amethysts and baroque pearls that connect with the central shaft. From that central shaft springs a whole bunch of rigorously fashioned lily flowers, each centered by a vivid garnet.
Don’t fear, this gemstone chandelier is sensible, too – Alhaja can be a useful gentle fixture! The higher cover options 6 gold lion heads with gemstone eyes, each one adorned with an amethyst-set wreath and clutching an amethyst in its mouth. Every lion serves because the anchor for a curving lamp with gemstone-adorned screws and matte glass shades.
I instructed you that Alhaja is a 23,000 carat gemstone chandelier, however that’s not exactly true. The truth is that Jaramillo had so many tiny, elaborate creatures to create that he really misplaced rely of the gemstone weights…he stopped counting at 23,000 carats, in order that’s the load he provides.
However actually it’s someplace between 23,000 carats and infinity.
What do you suppose, my darlings? Do you’re keen on this as a lot as I do? Are you going to fee one for your own home? Can I come go to you and stare at it?
When you’d wish to see extra of Sebastian Jaramillo’s work, visit his website here.
Photographs c/o Sebastian Jaramillo.