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Naturalism Jewelry at Oscars 2019 and Forbidden City
2019-02-28

Naturalist design jewellery has become worldwide very popular since the 19th century when there was a massive change in industry and society.  Flowers, fruits, animals are the most popular elements to be used in naturalism jewelry design, which give the jewelry organic and fragile feeling. In the 2019 Oscar just finished, we can also see among the most exquisite wore, naturalism jewelry was trendy among stars.

 

Rachel Weisz in Cartier at the 91st Annual Academy Awards.  Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic GETTY

Constance Wu in Atelier Swarovski earrings at the 91st Annual Academy Awards.  Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Laura Harrier  In a Bulgari necklace at the 91st Annual Academy Awards.  Getty Images

Maya Rudolph in IRENE NEUWIRTH at the 91st Annual Academy Awards. Getty Images

Charlize Theron in Bulgari  at the 91st Annual Academy Awards. Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images


In Chinese culture, the admiration for nature has always been an important part. Chinese people believe in “Respect nature as the teacher (道法自然)“ and to reach ” Harmony between Nature and Mankind(天人合一).” Such philosophy has also been reflected obviously in the jewelry design from history and even now. Nature is a prevalent theme in Chinese jewelry.

Lucky Bats and Flowers Filigree  Jewelry, Qing Dynasty, Forbidden City Museum.


Dragonfly head Filigree jewelry, Qing Dynasty, Forbidden City Museum.


Wulu Shape Filigree Jewelry, Qing Dynasty, Forbidden City Museum.


Francis Bacon once said:

“Man, being the servant and interpreter of Nature, can do and understand so much and so much only as he has observed in fact or thought of the course of nature; beyond this, he neither knows anything nor can do anything.”

Jewelry, as a reflection of human being’s culture and understanding of the world, also open a way for us to observe our attitude to nature.


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