Ward Kelvin: Chinoiserie Chic

After a design career at Tiffany & Co. and David Yurman, Ward Kelvin struck out on his own and formed a collection unlike any other.

Heavily influenced by Chinese artistic styles, his ‘American Chinoiserie’ is a stand-out even amongst giants like Paul Morelli, Verdura, Henry Dunay, Kieselstein-Cord and the likes in the hallowed jewelry salon of Bergdorf Goodman.

“I strive to create jewelry that looks as though it were crafted effortlessly by a most clever and discerning bird.” — Ward Kelvin

From Wikipedia:

Chinoiserie, a French term, signifying “Chinese-esque”, refers to a recurring theme in European artistic styles since the seventeenth century, which reflect Chinese artistic influences.[1] It is characterized by the use of fanciful imagery of an imaginary China, by asymmetry in format and whimsical contrasts of scale, and by the attempts to imitate Chinese porcelain and the use of lacquerlike materials and decoration.

Chinoiserie in a broader scope refers to a mixture of Eastern and Western stylistic elements for both the decoration and shape.


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