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In Their Likeness

Allison Asis

As a jewelry designer, one of the most thrilling aspects is seeing something you've created being worn by another, and recognizing that the piece has truly become a part of them, an extension of their personality, in a way. The sentimentality jewelry holds, often with its wearer never wanting to take their piece off, is one of the reasons I got into the art of jewelry to begin with. I'm drawn to its longevity & permanence. 

When approached with a request to create something custom or bespoke, it's safe to say I jump at the opportunity. It's a chance to craft something truly unique, yet still within the brand's aesthetic, to fulfill the desires of an individual looking for something to compliment their particular style, personality, etc.

Two good friends of mine, Jacqlyn and Vanessa, incredibly beautiful & talented twin sisters, requested two sterling silver rings that bore similarities, but were ultimately different with their own special characteristics. I instantly loved the fact that this pair of rings would represent the same sentiment of their nature as twins - identical, yet still very much with their own aura. Above are images of them each wearing their final rings.
Jac's ring resembles a watchful eye, and Vanessa's ring is similar to the Isla necklace, but with the arch flipped around, and with an Opal. The wideness of the silver gives off a certain boldness, which they both very much possess, but each overall shape & form speaks to their individuality, a subtle extension of who these amazing women are.
 

The Makings of the Drie

Allison Asis

I recently had the pleasure of fulfilling an order of a set of Drie Rings and decided to capture as much of its process that I could - flipping back-and-forth from tools to camera ;-). Hope you enjoy the flow of imagery - they show most of the (initially) gritty but gratifying steps that eventually lead to a beautiful group of Dries. Still one of my favourite rings to-date!
If you look closely, you'll notice that the rings still have subtle differences between each other; the beauty of handmade jewelry.

Allison

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Introducing: The Jean Earrings

Allison Asis

I am so incredibly excited to share the Jean earrings with you all! These new beauties are a whimsical take on the classic hoop earrings that we all know & love, and I'm sure for most, were a staple accessory throughout our high school days! I used to obsessively wear a pair that were big enough to easily fit one's hand through - they were amazing. Hoops can be a bold statement, edgy, chic, yet still simple dependent on the shape & size you go for. I just love the variations and versatility. So much so that I decided to make a signature Cadette version.

The Jean Earrings draw inspiration from the one and only German-French artist, Jean Arp. His unique biomorphic shapes have an airy aura to them, which I'm repeatedly drawn to.

Jean Arp was a dedicated Dadaist - an art movement that was often referred to as 'anti-art', as its aim was to go against art's 'traditional aesthetics' at the time. Arp embraced irregularity & imperfection when producing his pieces, which called to mind navels, clouds & lakes. All beautiful forms of nature. It was also said that 'Arp's Dadaist art represented the fanciful and poetic', and I feel as though that couldn't be more true whenever I observe his work.

And so, I created the Jean earrings, an homage to the artist himself, and of course, lovers of the classic hoop. Any of you who, like me, find themselves drawn to the beauty of organic, abstract-like shapes, can indulge in this new addition to the line. I hope that you love them as much as I do!

Ally

Jean Arp, 1951

Jean Arp, 1951