cultural, scientific, philosophical and architectural contributions from Italy resignified in jewelry
“Sic itur ad astra”: ‘thus one journeys to the stars’ from Aeneid book IX, written by Virgil, is the starting point for Ad Astra, Sauer’s new collection, where every line alludes to cultural, scientific, philosophical and architectural contributions left from Italy, one of the cradles of western civilization.
From ancient Rome comes the Head of Medusa, the monstrous character whose effigy protected houses, shields, and ornaments. Humanized by the poet Ovid, the Head of Medusa takes center stage in Ad Astra with a lapis-lazuli necklace bringing details in wood and shaped after roman columns, it hypnotizes with an assertive stare. Medusa also comes in wood earrings, with serpentine curls adorned in rubies and diamonds, or lava-stone necklaces surrounded by precious gems.
—In this collection Medusa comes as a feminine protectress, it is good to remember its petrifying stare did not work on women—says Sauer’s creative director, Stephanie Wenk. Stephanie immersed herself in Roman Mythology and came up with several intricate pieces.
A ring with feet wearing winged sandals represents Mercury. A roman temple molded into a ring celebrates Minerva. From Bacchus comes an effigy in bone, vine leaves, and diamond grapes. Another side of the god is explored with a ring carved into a goblet with the Latin inscription “In vino veritas.”
The journey through Italy is not limited to Classical Antiquity. “The birth of Venus”, a renaissance masterpiece painted by Sandro Botticelli appears in sealed watercolor over bone earrings, pearls, and diamonds, while cherubs touch on the 500th anniversary of Rafael’s death.
—This collection portraits how spirituality and science can work side by side in the search for transcendence and how humanity has always looked toward the skies as a way to broaden its intellectual and cultural horizons, themes which we have always visited over Sauer’s history, since the 60s—says Stephanie.
Solid yellow gold on display is a characteristic of the Italian segment. The bracelet with colorful stones shaped like stars in yellow gold reinforces the national passion.