Annette Welander brings an offbeat cool to the classic diamond ear cuff

Annette Welander’s new pieces are a chic jewellery essential

diamond ear cuffs by Annette Welander
(Image credit: Annette Welander)

Swedish jewellery designer Annette Welander brings a sculptural simplicity to pieces that encompass chic and clean silhouettes, interpreting the classic form of a diamond ear cuff in her new pieces.

‘Arches are a timeless symbol and are one of the single most important architectural discoveries,’ Welander says of what inspired the design. ‘Through a seemingly simple stacking, the complex nature of the arc generates the ability to perforate massive and otherwise hidden structures. The arch achieves the qualities of being self- supporting, stabilised by the force of gravity and it signifies the opening to new perspectives, the fact of seeing on the other side. We used the arch idea and transferred it to arcs defined by a segment of a circle, with the intention of shedding light onto what’s on the other side of the arch.’

person holds diamond ear cuff by Annette Welander

(Image credit: Annette Welander)

The pieces are cast in distinctive Swedish red gold, which strikes a balance between rose and yellow gold in its elegant hue. ‘When you see pieces in this gold colour, it catches your eye immediately,’ Welander adds. ‘It is our signature gold but we also offer all our designs in sustainably sourced carbon-neutral 18ct red gold, yellow, rose and white gold to suit everyone’s personal taste.’

close-up of diamond ear cuff by Annette Welander

(Image credit: Annette Welander)

The ear cuffs eschew perfectly proportioned forms and are instead slightly offset. ‘This was a challenge and required a unique handcraft, since it is a complex design. For the rings and bracelets in the collection, all the arcs are made separately and after this, assembled together through a very special technique. To make the pieces offset you need to be very precise in your craftsmanship so that they will have a strong structure and last for generations. For the earrings, all of the arcs are mirror-turned so you have truly unique pieces.’ (opens in new tab)

Hannah Silver joined Wallpaper* in 2019 to work on watches and jewellery. Now, as well as her role as watches and jewellery editor, she writes widely across all areas including on art, architecture, fashion and design. As well as offbeat design trends and in-depth profiles, Hannah is interested in the quirks of what makes for a digital success story.