This necklace is part of Cora Sheibani’s “Colour and Contradiction” collection (for which she made a colouring book). She was inspired by antique cut steel jewellery and the concept of adding texture to a jewel by faceting gold or small hardstone discs.
“Usually clear gemstones are faceted to allow light to enter and refract, to give life to a stone,” she explains. “In this collection I used faceting to create texture, and build contrast with smooth stones, often adding facets to opaque stones or gold, which is where the word ‘Contradiction’ in the title comes from.”
This blue chalcedony has a unique colour and a crystalline structure that lends the beads a flattering glow, making it the perfect partner to smoky quartz discs. The necklace is classic yet modern, and versatile as it can also be worn as an extra long sautoir.
Swiss • 1980
As the daughter of prominent Swiss art dealer, Bruno Bischofberger, Cora Sheibani grew up totally immersed in the world of modern and contemporary art and design, surrounded by art and artists.
She graduated with a degree in Art History, from New York University in 2001, and it was around this time that she decided to design jewellery and began work on her first jewellery sketchbook. After completing the GIA degree course, in London, she launched her first jewellery collection at an exhibition in London’s Mayfair in December 2002.
While Sheibani lives in London with her husband and three children, her jewellery is made almost exclusively made in Switzerland, France, and Germany, by highly skilled goldsmiths. From her first one-of-a-kind, individual pieces, Sheibani progressed to creating occasional themed collections, accompanied by small, beautifully produced books. Ettore Sottsass, (one of her early supporters and influences) wrote the text in the book to launch her 2006 Valence collection of openwork wire jewels. The 2008 Copper Mould Collection, inspired by the graphic shapes of baked goods and copper moulds, came with a recipe book. Other collections include Clouds with a Silver Lining, Cacti, Colour & Contradiction, launched at Miami Design in 2016, and Glow, exploring neglected fluorescent gemstones. Cora Sheibani is currently working on a new collection called ‘Pottering Around’, which will launch in autumn 2021.