Wings hand cuff in yellow gold, black rhodium silver, diamonds and sapphires
When a tutor advised her ‘I have seen and taught thousands of students but I see something different in your work’ Gaelle Khouri knew it was time to give up her high-flying profession in finance and dedicate herself full time to jewelry design and manufacturing.
We caught up with Khouri to debate feminine empowerment, bejewelled creepy crawlies and her gorgeous debut assortment, The Garden of Earthly Delights
What does this assortment imply to you?
I feel this assortment and designing jewelry generally is a manner for me to specific myself – to myself at the start. And it got here very naturally provided that I come from a really totally different instructional background; designing wasn’t pressured upon me. Creating the items has actually been a private self-exploratory journey and I’ve used the design course of to be inquisitive and reflective.
I’ve all the time felt an instinctive reference to nature so the primary assortment, The Garden of Earthly Delights, displays upon this.
Spiders in yellow gold, black rhodium silver, diamonds and sapphires
What are your inspirations?
I see girls as rational and emotional beings which might be formed by a random collection of painful and completely satisfied shocks they expertise alongside their lifetime and thru these shocks, they construct what I name a ‘pattern recognition’ that helps them overcome the subsequent shock. So alongside the best way, the ladies accumulate ache and happiness and evolve in a stronger, much less susceptible, extra lovely, however undoubtedly extra complicated manner. It’s the identical with nature: a collection of random and sudden shocks from wind, to rain, to solar distorts the totally different components of nature. Take rocks, for example, they’re modified however quite than being broken they’re made stronger, extra actual, extra lovely, however extra complicated.
So the items actually translate the complexities of the female by way of the complexities of the common. For occasion, some designs painting provocative and interesting bodily traits of numerous species that examine in robust methods to human psychological traits.
Anchor earrings in yellow gold, diamonds and Chinese baroque pearls
Tell us in regards to the supplies you utilize and the results they create.
The items are all handcrafted, made with a mix of 18ct gold and oxidised or blackened silver, or handled bronze saved underneath its matte look. The items are set with diamonds and valuable stones.
The first assortment is split into two rigorously curated choices; Couture and Casual. The Couture assortment’s modern use of colored stones is integral in highlighting the fragile and complicated designs. The Casual assortment focuses on the primal fantastic thing about nature’s wildlife. With designs such because the jewelled bugs and twisted types my aim is to create highly effective items with a gothic edge.
Caterpillar earrings in yellow gold, rhodium silver, diamonds and sapphires
You left a really profitable profession in economics on the high of your recreation. Why?
The transition didn’t occur in a single day. I grew up in Tripoli the place the notion of success is essentially dictated by a restricted variety of tutorial fields. This has partly influenced my tutorial selection and led me to main in a scientific area. But after I was getting my Master’s diploma in New York, I began to grasp that what I needed to do was totally different from what I used to be doing on the time. I feel it was regular as I used to be rising up and maturing extra to develop a greater understanding of myself and my actual pursuits. Also, I feel having achieved myself academically – graduating on high of my class at NYU – and professionally – working with famend firms – within the area of economics, gave me sufficient confidence to know what I need, say it out aloud, and pursue it.
Today, I feel I’m reaching a state of self-fulfilment doing what I do, that I really feel I’d by no means have reached working in any one other trade, regardless of how far up the ladder I’d have gotten.
Octopus earrings in yellow gold, black rhodium silver, rubies, pink sapphires and Chinese pearls
Then you went to intern with Oscar de la Renta. How did that lead you to jewelry?
I took on an internship at Oscar de la Renta after which at Elie Saab. I received job gives at each homes however I needed to start out and run my very own enterprise.
I took intensive personal jewelry classes and developed a good portfolio inside a couple of months. My instructor pushed me to start out the manufacturing which was an unknown territory to me however I invested 4 years into studying the technical half on the workshop day-after-day after my day job on the financial institution. And solely after I felt I mastered it, I launched the model and first assortment.
What would your dream fee be and for whom?
Any lady who doesn’t comply with the pack, however goes for a daring and totally different type that really displays her character – all whereas conserving class in verify – would stand out for me and would like to see a few of the items on her.
Stylish girls I respect and admire together with Daphne Guinness, Miroslava Duma, Pandora Sykes, and Negin Mirsaleh. They are all the time on level and their types are all the time a real reflection of their edgy personalities. I’d like to see a few of my items worn by them, just like the Bouquet Ring, Anchor Earrings, and Centipede Necklace.
Falling Leaves earrings in black rhodium silver, brown diamonds and sapphires; Eel bracelet in black rhodium silver, and sapphires
The Garden Of Earthly Delights is accessible on the Talisman Gallery at Harvey Nichols