“I would love for jewellery to be alive,” says Hermes jewellery creative director Pierre Hardy, in the press notes for his latest collection for the house, Lignes sensibles. Led by a loosely woven web of inspirations ranging from dance and anatomy, to light and even stethoscopes, the high-jewellery collection comprises plenty of stunning statement pieces that hew close to the skin.
Incepted by Pierre Hardy, the new Hermes high-jewellery collection comprises of wearable pieces from rings to necklaces and earrings.
The Contre la peau necklace, for instance, is a statement collar with a fluid and flexible texture that Hardy wanted to “envelope the neck like a caress”. He explains, “By working with meshing, we sought to create a fabric in metal. And we discovered that we had re-created the microscopic structure of skin, with its triangular micro-wrinkles. Skin in metal, gold, and diamonds.”
The stones used were also selected, in part, for their soft colours that allowed them to be in harmony with the body. Hardy says, “I wanted to use a range of gemstones in colours close to skin tone. I looked for flesh colours, shades specific to the complexion, the lips, or the iris. I looked for cloudy, milky materials to become one with the skin.” Here’s a closer look at the collection.