From Cape Town jewellery studio SMITH, the latest collection launched this month blends African design with Italian heritage in a way that only designer Anna Raimondo could do.
Named ‘Due’ (pronounced ‘doo-ay’, Italian for ‘two’), the polished brass and beaded works are, by design, a juxtaposed meeting of Raimondo’s two cultures that she fuses seamlessly to bring forth the latest range from her Cape Town-based label.
A Stellenbosch graduate and Master of Design from Richemont’s prestigious Creative Academy in Milan, her collections are frequently inspired by her travels and environment, but Due is the realisation of a concept the designer has been thinking about for as long as she can remember.
Bold, hand-cut and fabricated brass pieces – reminiscent for Raimondo of the ‘80s style icons from her Italian heritage – are held together by intricate traditional beadwork and semi-precious stones that add a handmade vibrancy in African colours and textures.
But despite its flashy nature and glamorous inspiration, the brass medium is grounded in African design. The pieces are cut in geometric shapes to reflect the contours of the continent’s geology, giving rise to three unique sets within the range: ‘Island’, ‘Valley’ and ‘Hills’, each comprising a statement necklace, earrings and ring to match.
When images of the Due range landed on the DECO desk, we were soon swooning over the cobalt blue Lapis Lazuli semi-precious stones in the Island collection and the sharp symmetry of the Valley shapes, softened by the emerald Malachite beads.
And the best bit? As every piece is 100% hand-crafted, no two pieces are exactly the same; ironically ensuring that your own piece of Due is completely one of a kind. Locally-designed, feminine, statement jewellery at its finest.
To browse the full collection and purchase pieces from the Due collection, shop here.
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Compiled by Lucie Bartlett