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Bibi van der Velden

Here at Tayloe Piggott Jewelry we are getting ready for Bibi's upcoming visit at the end of August. We are so excited to see her latest collection and learn about her sculptural jewels that are wearable works of art.

Check out this video that Bibi made which gives us an enthralling look into her life.

We love how thoughtful Bibi is about the social and ecological impacts of her work. She is a remarkable artist who truly values not only her world but everyone elses.

"Conscious, adventurous and sculptural, that’s how I would describe my jewellery. Expressed by mixing gold, diamonds and semiprecious stones, with ostrich eggs, scarab wings, tahitian pearls and 40,000 year-old mammoth tusk.

My continuous search for new materials made me discover the beauty of imperfection. I’m embracing nature’s irregularity by using extraordinary, pure materials such as the most amazing baroque pearls and gems with inclusions - art pieces on their own. I try not to look at the obvious, I see nature in a broad sense. The feeling of an unknown world triggers me to look further. I’m a sculptor by profession and in my perception every jewellery piece is a miniature sculpture.

Pure craftmanship, nature and other cultures inspire me but true inspiration is to be found everywhere. The most smallest of details often stimulate me to start a new collection. For example the marks on a tahitian pearl form a star in a galaxy seen on the surface of that pearl. Also, opals form the centre of a spacious ring by just being an opal.

I believe real luxury is something powerful and compelling, something rare and special that isn’t ubiquitous. As a designer I try to tell the story of my pieces. Being a co-founder of Auverture, I help to discover unusual luxury pieces and specialize in unique, designer fine jewellery, dreamt up by artists and brought to life by skilled craftspeople in under-the-radar ateliers and workshops, scattered across the globe. I want the wearer to understand how a piece of jewellery comes into being and I want the wearer to work with a jeweller to create a personal piece that’s truly unique."