Friday, April 2, 2010


With a plethora of plant species, tropical greenhouses, and a playground for the kids, Denmark's Aarhus Botanical Garden is a place for relaxation, education, and fun. Denmark is also home to featured jewelry designer Lene Vibe Dahlgren.

The best way I know to describe Dahlgren's jewelry is simplistic opulence. The simplicity of the pieces lies in their arrangement: an 18-karat yellow gold chain suspending a single, grey South Sea pearl.

The opulence comes courtesy of the materials that consist of ample drops of white, green, and gold pearls; a sprinkling of diamonds; incandescent yellow gold; and a bevy of semi-precious gemstones.

The 39-year-old goldsmith apprenticed at the Georg Jensen workshop in 1995 opening her own store eight years ago in a Copenhagen square. The molten, organic forms of rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces possess a beauty that is at once stately and regal with hints of enchantment.

 To me pearls are more beautiful than faceted diamonds as they exemplify natural beauty with their glossy, iridescent surfaces.  Some of the pearls Dahlgren incorporates are lumpy and misshapen but these minor oddities do not detract from the overall beauty of a piece but rather adds character and distinction.

The jeweler makes the most in her placement of pearl's plump and substantial contours within otherwise streamlined proportions.

The items are elegant and feminine highlighting an interesting, hypnotic subtlety akin to seeing a fully bloomed flower.

Photo 1 (top right): Grey South Sea Pearl Drop Pendant with 18-Karat Yellow Gold Chain
Photo 2 (bottom left): 18-Karat Yellow Gold Ring with Stone
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