Vanda Jacintho brings new sensuality to resin jewellery
Brazilian jewellery designer Vanda Jacintho draws partly on a childhood spent in the rich wetlands of the Pantanal region for her sensual new resin jewellery collection. Jacintho’s bold pieces are influenced by the modernist parks and gardens designed by Brazilian tropical landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. Barbara Hepworth, too, was an inspiration, her hollowed-out sculptural forms here reflected in oversized earrings that almost brush the wearer’s shoulder.
The jewellery designs are created from both resin and straw, and fashioned by indigenous South American craftspeople. Sustainably produced pieces in dark and gold-coloured recycled resin (made by reusing a crushed, powdered form of the material) are an effective foil for soft, fluttering fans of straw. ‘Ecology, botany, landscaping, sustainability, design, tapestry and art are always the base of my creations, regardless of the collection,’ says Jacintho. ‘The resin pieces this season are inspired by the modernist movement in Brazil. I looked into Roberto Burle Marx’s botany landscape work; the way he used to organically create his gardens, shaping the diversity of Brazilian tropical vegetation into sexy curves and forms.’
It is a sensuality that is carried through to the jewels themselves, which loop resin into oversized links in a rethink of a classic chain necklace. The irregular resin forms of earrings, meanwhile, are studded with precious gems and shimmer right through the colour spectrum, from delicate sorbet shades to bold pops of yellow and red. §