Discover Benelux, Issue 53, May 2018

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Discover Benelux  |  Belgian Design  |  (Hand)Made in Belgium

TOP: Bracelet Hidden Secret, stingray leather-smokey quartz 96,82 ct-18k bronze rose gold Au750. LEFT: Ring Hidden Secret V, 18k yellow gold- 21 ct citrine. MIDDLE: Earrings Square, 18k yellow gold Au750. RIGHT: Princess Ring, 18k cognac gold Au750 - orange champagne diamond 1,11ct.

Wearable sculptures TEXT: ELLA PUT

Rembrandt Jordan is bringing back minimalistic jewellery to an expressive essence by combing craftsmanship with a timeless aesthetic, noble materials and last but not least, a wellbalanced wearing comfort. With a philosophy that jewellery should be an addition to one’s body, the handmade minimalistic designs of Belgian silversmith Rembrandt Jordan are taking the world by storm. Inspired by Alberto Giacometti, Jordan clarifies his work ethics by quoting the late Italian sculptor and painter: “Start by making something out of half a centimetre. That way you will have more chance to catch a glimpse of 38  |  Issue 53  |  May 2018

the universe than if you immediately aim to create heaven.”

Serendipity However, before centimetres, there was serendipity. After Jordan finished his studies in 3D design, he quickly learned the ropes of becoming a silversmith during his early twenties in London and Antwerp. He knew he was meant for a creative profession, but it was not until he found an empty gallery store in the midst of his hometown of Antwerp that this vision became reality and he started his jewellery brand. “All of a sudden, I had real business,” he says. “Without planning. A happy accident.” Nowadays

he combines two of his biggest loves: designing and making handmade and wearable jewellery with an architectural touch. “They are my miniature scale sculptures,” Jordan explains. But serendipity, or ‘happy accidents’ as Jordan calls them, have not only followed him in the quest for a store. The often detailed and precise work leaves room for unexpected accidents to happen. “The process of designing and creating jewellery demands technical perfection, yet you also have to leave room for the organic process. Things you did not plan on happening. It’s not only about the final design, but also the process of making