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22 Karat Gold, Rubies, Baroque Pearls and Baltic Amber Necklace



Artist and architect Daniel Azaro was asked by Mimi Lipton to craft this one-of-a-kind necklace. Timeless and bold, the jewel is adorned with rubies, Baroque pearls and Baltic amber pieces set in 22 karat gold. The amber was carved in China in the 18th century. Striking in its colour and scale, this piece serves as a memento of the disappearing beauty of the seas. Objet d’Emotion presents the 'Chinese Chapter' of Mimi Lipton's private jewellery collection on 1stDibs. Natural treasures set in 22 karat gold and mementos of bygone days. WHO IS MIMI LIPTON? In 1928, Mimi Lipton was born in Vienna and raised as a young girl in Belgium. The outbreak of the Second World War, forced her family to flee to Leeds in England. Moving to London in 1950, she found work at the Institute of Contemporary Art as an assistant to curator Jasia Reichardt. Involved in the groundbreaking exhibition of 1968 ‘Cybernetic Serendipity’, devoted to the relationship between art and new technology, she met her husband Hansjorg Mayer, renowned German publisher. Together they have travelled extensively across Africa and Asia, visiting Senegal, Loas, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Tibet, Bhutan and Thailand. Through her travels, she discovered primitive arts and began buying. What started off small, quickly turned into large orders of furniture from Thailand, Afghanistan and India. Lacquerware from Burma, Silver from India and Thailand. Her interest in Tibet, and Tibetan rugs, led to an exhibition of ‘The Tiger Rugs of Tibet’ at the Hayward Gallery, London. Giving recognition to these works, helped establish primitive art as an area of interest for art galleries to exhibit. Mimi’s interest in jewellery began in the late sixties during a visit to the Berber villages in Morocco. Objets trouvés from her travels are the starting point for her pieces: coral washed up on beaches in Thailand, rough Demantoids from Madagascar and Opals for Ethiopia. Working with several specialised jewellers from Iceland, Nepal, France and China, Mimi gives these artists creative freedom. Her only stipulations; using the soft glowing and more malleable 22 karat gold and keeping the stones in their rough natural beauty. Mimi’s style and soul evidently runs throughout the collection of one-of-a-kind pieces. These sculptural yet wearable objects showcase her glorious originality, imagination and individuality, with craftsmanship reigning supreme. “If you have something from me it’s a one-off. If you have a diamond, unless you can afford a 20 carat diamond, you just have another diamond. I’m not saying that they aren’t wonderful, but if you buy something which is a one-off, it may not just be about the material value, you have something which is truly unique. My jewellery is about individuality and a preciousness of nature’s elements. I think my pieces will be admired in the future in a way that people don’t fully understand today.” Mimi Lipton OBJET D'EMOTION CELEBRATES MIMI LIPTON In celebration of Mimi’s extraordinary collection and her adventurous life, Objet d’Emotion has produced a short documentary “In conversation with Mimi”, filmed by Simon King. A digital catalogue unveiling Mimi’s jewels: with an introduction by esteemed jewellery historian and journalist Vanessa Cron, photographs by Martin Sturgess, and gouache paintings by Silvia Serravalle. Objet d’Emotion immerses you in Mimi’s fabulous world. Central Saint Martin’s MA Jewellery Design course leader, Simon Fraser, placed Mimi’s personal collection in the context of contemporary jewellery in his afterword. The rest of Mimi’s collection will be available via the ‘In Confidence’ section of the Objet d’Emotion website. A private area on the website, ‘In Confidence’ showcases a superlative selection of Fine jewellery.


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