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.
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 Pavo ring with unheated sapphire, Price: $1055 available at Muse
14k yellow gold Eye of Stars ring with diamonds, Price: $1110 available at Muse