Designer and company team up for fine and fashion-led collections.
Jewellery designer Lara Bohinc, the name behind the eponymous jewellery and accessories brand, has launched two new palladium collections through a special partnership with the International Palladium Board.
The collaborative collections feature two palladium jewellery lines – the Palladium Fine collection which features South Sea Pearls, and the Palladium Collision collection that showcases the metal’s versatility while referencing many of Bohinc’s current design themes.
In an exclusive interview with Professional Jeweller – due to feature in our July issue – Bohinc said the collaboration had been a fast turnaround project that has only taken about two months to complete.
She said the weight of the metal had been particularly attractive for her, being lightweight compared to gold but also because it allowed her to develop the size and scale of her designs.
Bohinc was approached by the Palladium Board for the collaboration.
Bohinc said: “The whole theme has been lightness and strength which I have tried to portray in the designs, something between nature and architecture, structural but with relatively thin lines. The round surface makes it more organic while the luminous pearls add a lot of light.”
The collection was designed using CAD and was printed using 3D wax printers before being cast in the metal.
The collections will be available exclusively in Harrods and from Lara Bohinc, though Bohinc said the two companies are yet to decide whether or not they will distribute the range to other jewellery retailers in the UK.
The Palladium Fine collection with South Sea pearls features five designs; a cuff, choker, earrings, ring and pendant necklace while the Palladium Collision collection, which is a more fashion-led line, includes a ring, pendant and studs.
“Palladium has empowered me to design a bold and luxurious collection,” said Bohinc.
“The lattice formation provides strength whilst allowing for the illumination of the pearls. I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of working with an unexplored and pioneering new metal, one that has broadened the potential for my future collections.”
The International Palladium Board has previously worked with designers including Katie Hillier, Tomasz Donocik, Jordan Askill and Hannah Martin for its recent Rock Vault showcase at London Fashion Week, in partnership with the British Fashion Council.
Emerging designers Fernando Jorge, Jo Hayes Ward, Melanie Georgacopoulos and Sophie Bille Brahe were also part of the Rock Vault project.
Brad Mills, chairman of the International Palladium Board said: “Lara Bohinc has intelligently interpreted palladium and its unique properties.
“We are proud to unveil Lara as our fine jewellery partner and her outstanding designs are sure to inspire the jewellery world to consider palladium as the contemporary precious metal of the future”.
The International Palladium Board and Lara Bohinc collaboration is part of the Palladium Visions campaign in which the International Palladium Board will work with “some of the world’s most visionary artists, designers and jewellers” throughout 2012.
The Palladium Fine Jewellery Collection will retail from £7,700 to £35,200, while the Collision collection has RRPs upwards of £450.