Virginie Dyvorne


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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    I design and hand fabricate light-hearted and colorful pieces of jewelry in the form of visual story telling. I have been doing so for the past 15 years, moving from Paris to New York along the way. My most iconic pieces are my whimsical hot air balloon and electric love necklaces from my early days of creation. Now I find joy in exploring new ways of fabrication like my kinetic collection and conveying emotions through unique enamel or gemstones combinations bringing my colorful signature look.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: Each design starts with a sketch on paper that I then translate into a physical prototype using a wide variety of techniques: wax carving, silversmithing or CAD. A mold is then made of the mock up and used to cast multiples of this design in any metal of my choice. I then clean the rough casting by removing sprues and soldering the desired jewelry parts like earring posts, necklace bail or ring shank. The final touch consists of adding my colorful signature style using gemstones or enamel.

    A: Every piece I make stems from color combinations: the emotions they provoke and how they respond to each other. I translate that feeling either by selecting gemstones telling an harmonious story together or by mixing pigments to create my favorite enamel color declinations. These vibrant colors are then used to add dimension to my designs and are enhanced by the high shine finish I give to all my creations.

    A: In all the jewelry I create, I aim to spark a sense of joy and wonder to the viewer. This is especially the case of my kinetic collection. Being trained as a physics and chemistry engineer, I have a passion for mechanisms and understanding movement. This amazement and curiosity has translated into the development of hinged and free spinning jewelry pieces that are meant to be played with and are conversation starters.

    A: Wonder is at the epicenter of my creative process. Browsing gemstones I get this excitement rush when I find a particularly striking bicolor tourmaline and it keeps me running until I come up with the perfect accent stone pairing and accompanying design. But Wonder also comes in observing details in a variety of settings from a piece of art in an exhibition to the way a ribbon is attached on a fine piece of garment. I love translating these lightbulb moments into a jewelry design.

    A: Moving to NYC 10 years ago, I met my best friend, Ondrea, at one of my very first in person show. Her contagious sense of excitement, her creativity and curiosity for everything artistic has enriched my life and my jewelry journey in ways I can’t even begin to describe. She is both my muse and my number one fan and supporter, I am forever grateful to have her in my life.

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