This gems chandelier isn’t technically jewelry, however it IS made from gems! I ‘d use it if I could, however I believe pure size determines that this one needs to be jewelry for a home, not an individual. Or maybe a castle– it is that magnificent.
Alhaja is a work of gems art by Colombian gemologist and designer SebastianJaramillo This overwhelming piece took control of 6 years to construct, is comprised of 2,000 private handmade pieces, and includes more than 23,000 carats of gems.
Jaramillo was studying with GIA in New York City when motivation struck. In the designer’s own words:
I keep in mind resting on the actions of New York’s town library, that’s when I initially created the concept of making something grand, something ridiculously lovely, something that deep down I constantly wished to develop however did not have the guts to begin.
As I sat there consumed in a fictional of gems and light, had by my eccentric inner kid that attempts to dream huge and picture with couple of guidelines and borders, Alhaja came to life. I understood after that, that one day, in some way, I needed to develop her.”
The main aspect of the chandelier is a lavish area of 800 hand-carved curling green leaves made from enamel over gold-backed lucite. Alhaja’s great foliage is home to a flock of 22 small, bejeweled bugs and animals, each adoringly formed in valuable products.
Every occupant of this plentiful gems chandelier is a tribute to the abundant biodiversity of Jaramillo’s homeland,Colombia
There are gilded silver dragonflies made from opals, sapphires, tourmaline, and tanzanite, frozen mid-flight with fragile wings of plique-a-jour enamel. Butterflies of amethyst, sapphire, citrine, and aquamarine. Snails of garnet, amethyst, and pearl. A golden bird with an emerald eye. A butterfly with rubellite, sapphires, and aquamarines. Bees with enameled wings and pearl bodies. Alhaja is merely brimming with gems animals.
Oh and if that weren’t enough: these valuable animals are all suspended by wire for an en tremblant result, permitting each pest and butterfly to flutter in every breeze, bringing the art to life.
The main aspects of the chandelier are gold-plated, with a leading canopy of hand-chased flowers with peridots and red guilloche enamel. The 2nd enameled canopy suspends 24 ropes made from tumbled amethysts and baroque pearls that link to the main shaft. From that main shaft springs numerous thoroughly formed lily flowers, every one focused by a brilliant garnet.
Don’ t concern, this gems chandelier is useful, too– Alhaja is likewise a practical lighting fixture! The upper canopy functions 6 gold lion heads with gems eyes, each embellished with an amethyst-set wreath and clutching an amethyst in its mouth. Each lion functions as the anchor for a curving light with gemstone-adorned screws and matte glass tones.
I informed you that Alhaja is a 23,000 carat gems chandelier, however that’s not specifically real. The truth is that Jaramillo had a lot of small, fancy animals to develop that he in fact lost count of the gems weights … he stopped counting at 23,000 carats, so that’s the weight he offers.
But actually it’s someplace in between 23,000 carats and infinity.
What do you believe, my beloveds? Do you enjoy this as much as I do? Are you going to commission one for your home? Can I come go to you and gaze at it?
If you wish to see more of Sebastian Jaramillo’s work, go to his site here
Images c/o Sebastian Jaramillo.