• 20 years of preparation, visiting 11 countries to record and unveil the artistry and fluctuating fortunes of the master jeweler
  • Spanning over 240 pages, renowned still life photographers John Bigelow Taylor and Dianne Dubler's compiled a visual narrative on Zaavy's works
  • Monograph debuts the last 11 works made by Zaavy, which were never revealed during his life-time


HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 14 May 2021 - The first monograph dedicated to Parisian artist-jeweler Frédéric Zaavy (1964-2011), titled Stardust: The Work and Life of Jeweler Extraordinaire Frédéric Zaavy (Stardust) , presents a portrait of an artist who strived to paint the beauty of the universe in precious stones. Zaavy considered himself heir to the legacy of Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, gem dealer to Louis XIV, and was chosen as the exclusive jeweler for the 21st century revival of Fabergé. Inspired by nature, quantum physics, philosophy, art, music, and literature, his poetic sensibility saw him create daringly intricate pieces with hundreds or thousands of tiny gems that came together like pointillist objets d'art. The monograph is dedicated to commemorating a talented jewellery artist, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of Zaavy's passing.

 


From left to right: Disordered Ribbon Bracelet (2011); artist-jeweler Frédéric Zaavy

Courtesy of Frédéric Zaavy

 

His works were also inspired by the Impressionist movement. Signature works include Nymphéas Bracelet (2005), an evocation of Claude Monet's renowned "Water Lilies" murals. This astonishingly fluid and dream-like bracelet is studded with thousands of white, blue, yellow, violet, pink and black diamonds, as well as other gemstones to round out this platinum, yellow gold and sterling marvel of design, creating a floral abstract. In 2011, Frédéric Zaavy completed 11 works for 5 series: Iris, Legend, The Ribbons, Space and Lava, drawing a perfect ending to his life. These renowned works showcase Zaavy's virtuoso technique and boundless imagination.


To create hand-made and unique jewellery for customers according to the design manuscripts left by Zaavy in the workshop, it requires more than hundreds or thousands of hours of production time, thus highlighting the ultra-complicated design of Zaavy's works.


The publication of monograph has received unconditional support from Lisa Chen, the co-founder of Daring Enterprise (the founding company of the brand Frédéric Zaavy) and Zaavy's life partner. Chen said: "Frédéric and I embraced common dreams. We both endeavored to create moving artistic jewelry, which can be passed on from generation to generation. Frédéric worked non-stop for 18 years, burning his life to create 204 works for an excellent line-up of French royal crafts and arts. He created jewellery that worth billions in total. We look forward to recording, sharing, and inheriting Zaavy's life and his aesthetics through Stardust. This monograph brings together the hearts and support of everyone, and we have been working tirelessly for 20 years to make it happen. We hope that every reader appreciates the heart-warming stories."


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