The Billowing Cloud brooch with diamond rain is from Cora Sheibani’s “Silver Lining” collection. As so often, she has taken a shape in nature, from the everyday world around her and simplified and stylised it, making it more graphic.
She uses diamonds as they refract the light in the way that drops of water sometimes do. This particular Cloud features fluorescent gemstones. She wanted to challenge gemological prejudices and preconceptions, saying “I think fluorescence should be celebrated, not shunned. Rubies that fluoresce are the most precious and expensive after all, so why dislike the same quality in diamonds?”
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.