The ‘Existence’ trend is leading science and spirituality a merry dance as it seeks to merge the seen with the unseen, and even mystical qualities of planet earth. The goal is a grand unified history that celebrates life within the context of the planet’s place in the universe. The trend draws on inspiration tapped from the enormous riches in everything from dramatic landscapes and seascapes, and the animals that inhabit them, to long extinct creatures and their fossilized remains found in elemental rocks
One Japanese artist, Saya Kubota has uniquely bridged this experiential and temporal gap with a unique series of art objects called ‘Incomplete Existence’ in which she has re-invented Swarovski Marcasite as a creative foil to ancient objects. In her hands, 50,000 pieces of this intriguing metallic mineral precision-cut by Swarovski into mysteriously iridescent gemstones are integrated into antique decorative items. These mostly include earthenware pottery from past Japanese epochs (~ 300 B.C.) and a roof tile from the Tenpyo era (early 8th century). The resulting objects create the impression that the dark glint of the magical stones has drawn the souls out of the original objects and set them free.
On a wider commercial scale, the ‘Existence’ theme has great appeal for aesthetically sophisticated consumers whose taste for cool contemporary and the organic has led them to demand ethical luxury. They desire nothing less than jewels with the power to connect primal places with distant eras so that they can embark on a time-travel journey that links nature’s wild places with other less regulated ages. Stones and materials etched by the passage of time perfectly express this theme, as do metallic minerals like the Swarovski Marcasite favored by Saya Kubota.
Those wanting to embrace ‘Existence' should consider agates, gray dendritic diamonds, moonstones, amber, coral, pearl, lava stone, bone, fossils, shells, fossilized wood, jet, obsidian, quartz, and marble, or bi-colored gemstones set in oxidized or otherwise treated metals. The color palette is nature’s own: chartreuse, moss green, snakeskin green, mint green, light-blue-gray, lava red, lava gray, deep charcoal and ivory. Featured are organic cuts, shallow rose-cuts, slices, domed cabochons and the round cuts inspired by the eye’s iris and exhibiting the same mandala-like reflections. With such beautiful materials to call upon, it can only be a matter of time before this trend inspires ever more beautiful and challenging creations in the worlds of fashion and art. More about the Existence trend in our Gem Visions 2017 Trend Directions E-Book. Click here