It’s interesting how quickly your opinion can change about a collection of jewelry after meeting the designer.
Last weekend I went to a trunk show event with a friend to meet Adel Chefridi and see his latest designs. Honestly, these jewels aren’t my taste. Although beautiful, I didn’t fall in love with them at first sight. However, I did spend some time chatting with Adel, and because of that, I became a fan of his work. Adel is soft spoken and calm. His vision for his designs comes from many things, but much of the influence is from coins he used to collect as a child. He spoke so lovingly about his past - everything he said was so genuine and sincere. His designs reflect that - although detailed and often whimsical, the designs feel natural, they aren’t forced. These pendants remind me of a warm, handmade holiday sweater. Or a vintage embroidery. Looking at them brings me the feeling of home. I may have gone too far with my free association here, but isn’t that the point of design? To make someone feel something? The more I explored the collection, the more I realized that maybe this is my style. Bright yellow gold with sapphires or rubies and white diamonds? A few of my favorite things! And all things that Adel does really well.
“A beautiful design does not add to the Gem anything that it doesn’t already have, but rather reveals the beauty it already possesses. In turn, a beautiful piece of jewelry does not add to the wearer, but unveils a truer identity, one that we immediately recognize in the mirror. Falling in love with a special piece of jewelry is no different than any other love story. The object of love a mirror, reflecting one’s own face.”
See more designs by Adel Chefridi here!