COSMIC MYTHOLOGIES – News & insights
The Met Gala – aka fashion’s most extravagant catwalk – inspired costumes of elaborate ornamentation with its “Heavenly Bodies” theme in 2018. In many cases, the artistry was breathtaking, such as the incredible Versace dress worn by Blake Lively which took the Italian atelier 600 hours to create. Jewelry, too, had echoes of the religious and spiritual worlds, with oversized rings, ornate earrings and intricate patterns and embellishments. Where the Met Gala goes, others will follow…
Mars has always been a marvel. And now, NASA has set a goal to send humans to the Red Planet by the 2030s. But, until that day comes, the myths and mysteries of the universe will continue to inspire. David Yurman’s Solari collection, for example, features celestial orbs, while Alina Abegg’s Cosmic Escape collection reimagines aliens, UFOs and planets in contemporary jewels.
A new wave of influencers is infiltrating our lives with the aim of styling our souls rather than our clothes. These “soul influencers” are tapping into our collective curiosity about spirits, shamanism and astrology, and our belief in a power greater than ourselves. The Hoodwitch, for example, offers “everyday magic for the modern mystic” to her 200,000 followers, debunking myths about witchery and providing spiritual guidance and astrology insights. So how does this trend translate to jewelry? Look to symbols and reinterpret them in ornamental designs that combine beauty with meaning. Or bring the trend to the consumer with in-store tarot readings, horoscopes or sound bath experiences.
The full moon has a special place in spirituality. Its mystical orb lends itself to round-shaped jewels that shine with symbolism. The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, second only to Chinese New Year, is also known as the Moon Festival, as festivities fall at the time of year when the moon is at its roundest and brightest. People celebrate by gathering together and eating Moon Cakes – special round treats that symbolize the reunion of a family – making it a time for celebrating loved ones near and far.