Jewellery News – De Vroomen: Harmony in Colour and Form

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De Vroomen: Harmony in Colour and Form

LONDON, January 2017 – The Goldsmiths’ Company is delighted to present De Vroomen: Harmony in Colour and Form, a celebration of five decades of artistic collaboration between renowned husband and wife team, Dutch goldsmith Leo de Vroomen and British jewellery designer and artist Ginnie de Vroomen.
Jewellery News – De Vroomen: Harmony in Colour and Form

The showcase brings together over 100 pieces of De Vroomen jewels, sketches reflecting the creative process, as well as Ginnie’s vivid paintings inspired by nature and the urban landscape. In essence, bold, sophisticated jewellery with flowing lines is placed in conversation with polychromatic abstract art.

When Leo and Ginnie started working together in the early 70s, they developed a signature style of jewellery unlike anything seen before.
Jewellery News – De Vroomen: Harmony in Colour and Form As with their current designs, early De Vroomen pieces had a voluptuous quality resulting from being formed rather than constructed – sensuously sculptural repoussé work celebrating the warmth and malleability of gold.

It was Ginnie’s imaginative and technically unconstrained approach to design, combined with Leo’s determination to make what often seemed impossible, that produced their innovative and exciting jewellery.

Moreover, Leo disagrees with traditional hierarchies of precious and semi-precious stones and considers all gemstones precious. He particularly values unusual stones with interesting inclusions and individual character.

De Vroomen is also well known for its bold use of enamel and was at the forefront of its revival in fine jewellery. Consequently, colourful bangles, earclips, necklaces and rings offer insight into its distinctive style, one that “isn’t influenced by the vagaries of fashion” as Ginnie is keen to point out.
Jewellery News – De Vroomen: Harmony in Colour and Form Although Ginnie’s organic drawings often serve as a starting point, Leo is central to the work’s execution – a process that includes interpreting her sketches, making technical drawings, and then turning precious raw materials into statement pieces.

And while Ginnie’s abstract paintings may not be directly influenced by the jewellery itself and vice-versa, both share a similar approach to colour and complement each other.

Made an Associate of the Goldsmiths’ Company in 1983, Leo has had a long-standing relationship with the Company. Four highly accomplished De Vroomen pieces form part of the Company’s Contemporary Jewellery Collection and a De Vroomen retrospective was staged at Goldsmiths’ Hall in 1991.

De Vroomen continues to create iconic jewellery known for its glamour, sophistication and craftsmanship, not only capturing the symbiotic relationship between form and colour but also reflecting the wearer’s sense of individuality.

“I am passionate about our jewellery. To create something innovative, dynamic and beautiful without compromise is always challenging but the real satisfaction comes from seeing it worn by the right woman with confidence and pleasure,” Leo says.

De Vroomen: Harmony in Colour and Form
Celebrating Five Decades of Jewellery Design
Venue: Goldsmiths’ Hall
Dates: 12 April – 26 July 2017

Open Monday – Wednesday, 10am – 4pm, free entry