‘The entire technique, which I’ve spent years developing, is a secret,’ says the Brazilian-born, New York-based fine jewellery designer Ana Khouri of the manufacturing process behind this delicate choker, formed from a mesh of coloured gold. ‘It took a long time to perfect the colours, which were achieved using a heating process.’

Khouri is fascinated by how her pieces are able to interact with, and become organic extensions of, the body, with fluidity and softness. Take her sculptural earrings, which slot into or curve around the ear. This necklace moulds closely to the contours of the neck. Over time, its pastel shades will fade into pure gold. ‘My idea of jewellery goes behind the intended purpose of ornamentation,’ says Khouri. §

As originally featured in the January 2019 issue of Wallpaper* (W*238)