Yael Sonia, a contemporary jewellery designer inspired by children's toys and a child's expression when fascinated by an exciting new toy and her kinetic jewellery design comprised of rolling spheres, swinging pendulums and spinning tops. These "Spinning Wheel" jewelries had won her numerous international awards including the Tahitian Pearl Trophy Awards from the Perpetual Motion Collection. Her ingenious designs are timeless and her work was featured in world-renowned shows and galleries in Brazil, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Sonia brought along her collection to Hong Kong for her mini debut exhibition <Art In Motion> in ame Gallery recently and she told mylifestylenews her passion involved in jewellery designing......
I grew up in Brazil and living between New York, Paris and Sao Paulo. Our showroom and studio is in Sao Paulo and I have my family in Paris and my shop in New York. These 3 cities gives me different energy and different cultural perspectives.
I like to make jewellery that comes alive. When you wear it, it gives you joy and blissfulness, in the same time you can play with it. Like my Perpetual Motion Collection in which it becomes my signature design, the melodic sounds are perpetually emitted when the gemstones and pearls meet the art of handcrafted 18K gold structure. The changeable and addable color stones in the wheel make it fun yet playful. It makes the jewellery more alive and after all, jewelery is like a toy for woman to enjoy playing with it.
<Art In Motion> is my mini debut exhibition in Hong Kong. In the exhibition you may see the <Perpetual Motion Collection> - the kinetic movement of children’s whirling top toys inspired for Spinning Top where the exclusively cut gemstones are continually in motion creating optical and audio delights for the individuals visualizing, hearing and experiencing the splendor of each of the pieces as they “come to life.” The fun part for this collection is when you move, it moves with you. It gives you a lot of good childhood memories.
You will see lots of fun and colorful large Brazilian gemstones in The <Rock Collection> , the contrast of the large, irregularly faceted, or roughly “hammered” Brazilian gemstones with traditionally calibrated faceted diamonds and other gemstones results in the good-natured exuberance of the collection. The inspiration comes from a woman’s desire for the “rock” on her finger, the traditional diamond engagement ring. These playful rings can be worn alone, in pairs or in trios - whatever one’s heart desires.
The <Deco Collection> inspired by the bold minimalism of Art Deco, it is an extension of the Rock Collection. The clean lines of the gold structures support the pure geometry of the Brazilian gemstones, creating an optical sense of depth.
Jewellery relates to fashion easily, a collaborating with other fashion house would be ideal in the future but not with any other existing jewellery brands.
I like chunky jewellery, it expresses a person's personality by wearing them. It shows the person's character and style and catch other attention simultaneously.
I will stick with my own design philosophy and continue to put in the similar elements into it. The design would be identical, the wearer having fun by wearing it.
Women who wear my jewellery are confident and has a strong personality yet sophisticated. Knowing what they want and appreciate the know-how of a piece of jewellery being made.
I like to see stars like Tilda Swinton, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emma Thompson (who already came to our store) to wear my jewellery. They character they have with them bring out the best of the jewellery.
My ideal living lifestyle is to be able to travel around and going to new places that I have not been(Hong Kong is one of them), being able to do things that I like to get involved with. I think that is ideal for me.
* Special thanks to DNA PR @ interview arrangement.