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Entries in michelle fantaci jewelry (3)

SHOW ME YOUR RINGS! LXXX

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Craig Evan Small will brighten up any jewelry box with colors like these, wow!

my Friday night fantasy, stacked to kill, from Michelle Fantaci Jewelry 

The 11-Row Spine ring by Carbon & Hyde is giving me a hot flash

MaeJean Vintage hanging out with three pretties from her personal collection

Jewellery Hannah twinkles with these two incredible rings, what a duo!

Kismet by Milka just created the ultimate stack with all her designs

mduenasjacobs is enjoying herself with all these jewels by Aurelie Bidermann

Uma K Jewelry is feeling festive with her nails/sweater...and of course, her rings!

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Jewels at my Doorstep: Michelle Fantaci Jewelry

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A woman living in the 19th century would never leave the house without her folding fan.  These days, I don't think I would ever leave the house without Michelle Fantaci's modern version of a fan reimagined in jewelry form.  The sensuous arcs are brought to life through 14k & 18k gold, diamonds, and marquise shaped gemstones set East-West in her newest collection called Sensu.  The pieces take inspiration from the historic significance of folding fans and are applied to the woman of today, both modern and sophisticated. I couldn't help but notice the subtle sexiness within the shape and silhouette of a fan until seeing it in jewelry form.

Michelle explains, "The name of the collection is Sensu, which means folding fan in Japanese but also means sense of style. Both meanings are fitting since the design process was a reflection on how women dress, now and in the past.  My sources of inspiration were fans in Japanese art and also in European 19th century art and objet, a period in which fans were an essential part of a woman's ensemble, as fashion accessories and also as props, barriers and protectors."

I took in the meanings and purposes of a hand-held fan and formed my vision for the above photoshoot. Layering on Michelle Fantaci's jewels became my barrier and I had a sense of my own secret language fan's once held. The hot, humid climate of the deep south was emulated by a fog machine and newly moistened trees.  Luckily the weather wasn't too much of an exaggeration as the temperatures climbed to 90° during our time shooting photos. The jewelry did the rest!  Each ring stacked seductively together and the two necklaces draped ideally on top of one another.  I loved the Sensu fan necklace which featured a tassel drop, with the ends being little daggers of gold.  The rigid edge of the Sensu bracelet gave it such a cool, textured look. And the earrings spiced things up, giving my look a bold, sharp appeal.  

Are you just as obsessed as I am over these new pieces by Michelle Fantaci?!  If you can't get enough, check out the details below and one or more of these pieces can be a part of your jewelry box!  If you're headed to Couture, Michelle will be set up with all these and more in Las Vegas at booth 916.

Jewelry Details:

14k yellow gold Sensu fan edge bracelet set with diamonds and sapphire, Price: $3968 available at Stone & Strand

14k yellow gold fan hoop earrings, Price: $1846 available at Stone & Strand

14k yellow gold Sensu fan necklace with baguette diamonds and tassel drop, Price: $2290 available at Stone & Strand

14k yellow gold triple diamond bar necklace, Price: $1536 available at Stone & Strand

14k yellow gold Sensu fan ring with baguette diamonds, Price: $1986 available at Stone & Strand

14k yellow gold Watchful Eye ring with turquoise, Price: $1040 available at Muse

18k yellow gold Watchful Eye ring with rose cut diamond, Price: $3900 available at Muse

14k yellow gold Bright Eye ring with blue sapphire, Price: $610 available at Stone & Strand

14k yellow gold Pavo ring with unheated sapphire, Price: $1055 available at Muse

14k yellow gold Eye of Stars ring with diamonds, Price: $1110 available at Muse

 


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Q & A with Jewelry Designer Michelle Fantaci

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Michelle Fantaci's jewelry caught my attention on Instagram. I fell in love with its ability to be worn in layers, which is something I tend to do naturally. Then I learned more about the designer behind the brand and admired even more! Michelle isn't one of those who sketch and send things off to be created by a CAD specialist--she is a true creator: sculpting, inventing, hand-crafting. She is deeply rooted in her love and passion of jewelry and jewelry design. I knew I wanted to share her story and designs with my readers, so I am thankful she took the time to answer a few questions for Gem Gossip:

 

 

 

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I am really excited about my new collection launching early February!  I don't typically use a lot of color but this collection will include Red Garnets, soft Gray Moonstone, Black Diamonds, and dark Rubies. The designs have a radiating motif and a regal feeling.  The inspiration is the queen in Chess. I was exploring works by Richard Serra, Constantin Brancusi and Alexander McQueen and their defined, clean but sensual lines.  As I sketched, certain elements developed further into something new.

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I started young.  From when I was little and coveted my mother's beaded choker, to my teenage obsession with Native American jewelry. By the time I was 15, I began metal-smithing. My senior year in high school, I took jewelry making classes at Parsons School of Design. I went on to study jewelry and metal-smithing in Florence.  

Despite my love for jewelry design, I couldn’t imagine making a living from having my own line, I pursued other areas of the jewelry business. I was a sales associate at H. Stern in Rio de Janiero shortly after college, worked in production at Me and Ro and was the jewelry manager at Steven Alan. It wasn’t until later while studying interior design at Pratt Institute graduate program that I realized I missed working with my hands. Jewelry was it. I left Pratt and studied wax modeling with Fred de Vos in New York. By 2007 I felt ready to launch my collection.

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Three of my collections were inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni’s films, L’Avventura, La Notte and Eclipse. They are very atmospheric and have a feeling of journey and discovery that I wanted to evoke in the collections. Ernst Haeckel’s Art Forms in Nature was very inspiring to me when I launched my first collection and is still inspiring. I’m drawn to self-protective elements like thorns, spikes, horns.

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I would like to do more collaboration. I’d love to work with my friend, artist Reed Anderson on a capsule collection and create a jewelry line for a men’s label. I feel lucky to do what I love and that it has introduced me to so many people who are passionate about what they do.

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For our 5th anniversary my husband gave me a beautiful, rare black opal and I designed the 18k pendant for it with pink diamonds. It’s my most personal piece--- I wear it a lot with my shooting star lariat. And my Octagonal Hinge bracelet does not leave my body.

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