Discover Germany | Special Theme | Dazzling Design for 2017
Stylish, elegant and artistic The collections of handmade freshwater pearl jewellery from Christy Art Zimmer are elegant and simple, with a noticeable artistic aura. Under brand Christy’s Pearls, the traditional art of genuine pearl making is combined into unique designs with a modern and chic look. TEXT: MALIN NORMAN I PHOTOS: CHRISTY ART ZIMMER
Based in Basel, Switzerland and originally from Shanghai in China, creative artist and jewellery designer Christy Peng started working with pearls back in 2011. She is now a skilled expert in the cultivation, geography and characteristics in pearls, and manages to transform the traditional craft of pearl making into modern-day handmade necklaces, brooches, bracelets and earrings. The innovative range of jewellery is inspired by art and nature. Pieces 22 | Issue 44 | November 2016
are elegantly crafted with classic and tasteful flavours of gold, silver and naturally grown pearls, with a modern yet feminine twist of original styles, colours and shapes. Amongst new highend pearl designs are, for example, the Silver Blue Irregular-shaped Pearl Necklace, the Rice-pearl Choker, the Exotic Irregular-shaped Necklace, and the Chocolate Pearl Necklace. The collections have been well received by customers, for instance at the design exhibition Blickfang Basel 2016.
Peng explains that nowadays most jewellery brands in the market offer massproduced items. “This is very different from our concept. For instance, we use a lot of irregular-shaped freshwater pearls in our creations as they are unique, like individual human beings. We hope that our customers appreciate an elegant flavour in their lifestyle.” The Christy Art Zimmer creative atelier in Basel is open to the public and shows how pearl jewellery is designed, from selecting raw materials until the final handmade crafts. Visitors will also find displays of Peng’s stunning paintings in oil, watercolour and Chinese ink. www.christyartzimmer.com @christy_art_zimmer
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