The gorgeous power of Loriann Jewellery’s Trendy Renaissance.

I cherished Loriann Jewellery’s Trendy Renaissance assortment earlier than I even noticed it.

My introduction to this beautiful new line got here through a cellphone name from the designer, Lori Friedman. I stood in my kitchen as Lori walked me by means of the gathering’s evolution and inspiration; her phrases portray photos in my thoughts.

I needed to wait a number of extra months earlier than I had the pleasure of seeing Loriann Jewellery’s Trendy Renaissance assortment for myself in actual life, however oh my goodness, my darlings. It was well worth the wait.

The Magdalena and Anastasia pendants from Loriann Jewelry's Modern Renaissance collection. Moonstone necklaces with black enamel.

It’s certainly one of my favourite issues on the planet to see a jewellery designer’s aesthetic evolve over time, and I’ve now had the pleasure of that includes a number of completely different collections of Loriann Jewellery‘s work right here on Diamonds within the Library.

As one would possibly count on, the Trendy Renaissance assortment was strongly influenced by the artwork of the Italian Renaissance. It options daring enamel, fleur-de-lis motifs, and sword and shield-inspired designs.

However it is usually an homage to the idea of the Renaissance Lady: the sturdy and curious “Jill-of-all-trades” soul who wears many hats, has many pursuits, and likes to discover new issues.

These enamel, diamond, spinel and moonstone rings are from Loriann Jewelry's latest collection, which is inspired by Renaissance jewelry

The additional Lori received into Trendy Renaissance, the extra she realized that it was actually a tribute to at least one explicit Renaissance lady: her personal mom, Lily, who had lately handed away. In her personal phrases:

After [my mother] handed within the Spring, I used to be flooded with the emotional impression of how a lot affect she had on my life and far of what I discovered and my many pursuits have been gleaned by means of osmosis. My love of nature, artwork and artwork historical past, vintage jewellery, music and cooking have been among the items she bestowed upon me.

I’m grateful to have skilled a childhood that was so wealthy in tradition and custom and that I used to be capable of translate this into my artwork type to share with others. My Mom was a real Trendy Renaissance lady and this assortment is my tribute to her.”

– Lori Friedman

It’s no marvel this assortment is so compelling and impactful, with such a robust emotional resonance behind its inspiration.

The Magdelena Fleur de Lis earrings from Loriann Jewelry's Modern Renaissance collection. Black enamel, diamond, and moonstone earrings in gold.

The Trendy Renaissance assortment makes use of colorway of yellow gold accented with black enamel, black spinel, iridescent moonstones, and black and white diamonds.

These are the Magdelena earrings, among the best examples of how this assortment powerfully juxtaposes power and delicacy by pairing the drama of the black enamel with the elegant, slender curves of the fleur-de-lis accents and the soap-bubble fragility of these moonstone teardrops.

The Giovanna ring by Loriann Jewelry with black spinel and black diamonds in gold. Inspired by Renaissance jewelry!

The Giovanna ring (a private favourite of mine) is maybe Trendy Renaissance’s most overt reference to Renaissance period jewellery, with its excessive profile, quatrefoil form, dramatic shoulders, and reverse-set black spinels.

It’s additionally simply an extremely badass and delightful piece of jewellery, IMHO. Carrying it made me really feel like a warrior queen who can do something. Each time I put this ring down, I’d discover myself selecting it up once more to find a brand new element or enjoyment of a contemporary angle.

(Click on right here to go to my Pinterest board of Renaissance Jewelry in case you’d like a reminder of what OG Renaissance rings seem like.)

Three heart necklaces from Loriann Jewelry's Modern Renaissance collection. Yellow gold with diamonds and moonstone.

Giovanna isn’t Trendy Renaissance’s solely instance of revolutionary stone setting. For those who look carefully on the coronary heart pendants above, you’ll see that the pendant on the proper options reverse-set diamonds and sleek-channel set stones whereas the pendant beneath options so many reverse-set diamonds that it nearly seems to be feathered quite than lined in diamonds.

The impact is gorgeous, however it’s additionally sturdy: this isn’t only a joyful, fairly coronary heart, it’s a coronary heart that’s as sturdy because the diamonds that adorn its floor, representing a love that by no means ends.

The Lily Fleur de Lis earrings from Loriann Jewelry's Modern Renaissance collection. Black enamel, diamond, and moonstone earrings in gold.

Swords and shields have been among the many symbols of power that Lori saved in thoughts whereas designing Trendy Renaissance, as one can clearly see within the elegant size of the Lily fleur-de-lis earrings, one of many kinds named after the designer’s mom.

As soon as once more, we now have a robust mix of delicacy and power, mild and darkish, shine and matte repeated over and over with the enamel and the gold, the curves of the fleur-de-lis, the echo of weaponry.

I feel that juxtaposition of opposites is admittedly why this assortment is so profitable: it displays the attractive contradictions which are inherent within the human expertise; each as an indelible a part of our interpersonal relationships and inside our personal hearts.

The Francesca moonstone ring by Loriann Jewelry. With diamonds and black enamel. Inspired by Renaissance jewelry!

What do you consider Loriann Jewellery’s Trendy Renaissance, my darlings? Did it resonate with you as strongly because it did with me? Did you are feeling it within the pit of your abdomen?

Let me know what jumped out at you right here and which items you’ll be dreaming about later while you shut your eyes.

An enormous thanks Lori Friedman of Loriann Jewellery, for being a high notch human and an exquisite good friend in addition to a gifted designers. And a heat thanks as nicely to the beautiful Renee Wilson of Bijoux Jewels in Baltimore, MD, for being so welcoming once I confirmed up at her retailer to do that photoshoot throughout a latest Loriann Jewellery Trunk Present.

Becky Stone of Diamonds in the Library with jewelry designer Loriann Friedman of Loriann Jewelry.
Becky with jewellery designer Lori Friedman on the Loriann Jewellery trunk present at Bijoux Jewels.

For extra from Loriann Jewellery, please go to my Loriann Jewellery archive right here, Lori’s own website here, or her Instagram here.

The artist was sort sufficient to present me a chunk of jewellery from this assortment, however my opinions stay my very own.