A new jewelry collection by H. Stern is inspired by the famous sketches of the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. Subtle curves combine with airy empty space in a homage so successful that it has the approval of the grandfather of Brazilian modernism himself.
â€œI pick up my pen. It flows. A building appears,â€ once said the Oscar Niemeyer of his signature drawings made in black felt-pen. But in the eyes of the jeweler H. Stern, he picks up his pen, it flows, and necklases, rings and bracelets appear. In what is the 102-year-old architectâ€™s first foray into the world of jewelry, Niemeyer has approved â€“ though not actually designed â€“ a jewelry collection inspired by his sketches.
â€œThe jewels are extremely pretty and very light,â€ says the grandfather of Brazilian modernism of the H. Stern Collection by Oscar Niemeyer. â€œItâ€™s incredible how they have managed to exactly replicate my designs.â€
Paying attention not only to Oscar Niemeyerâ€™s classic curves but also placing importance on his use of empty spaces, H. Stern has indeed created a collection that accurately recalls both the architectâ€™s drawings and completed buildings. A sketch of a voluptuous woman becomes a pair of elegantly long earrings, the subtle lines of Sao Paulosâ€™ Copan building become a voluminous bracelet, and the sinuous form of the San Francisco de Assis church in Pampulha becomes a wavy ring.
For the architecture aficionado who wishes to own an actual Niemeyer creation, one of the eight lines in the H. Stern collections stands out: Jewel, it is based on silk-screen print from 1987 which shows one of the architectâ€™s muses wearing a necklace that appears to be a continuous line. No inspiration as necessary for this piece and H. Stern reproduced exactly what can be seen on the drawing – the only piece of jewelry known to be designed by Oscar Niemeyer.