Painting the sky with a warm melange of golden amber, canary yellow, fire engine red and umber brown, autumn’s leaves set the picturesque tone for the season. Their silhouette, in all its various shapes and sizes, adorns everything from shop windows to fall fashions come September 23rd, the Autumnal Equinox. A veritable embodiment of the transition from summer to winter, the vibrant swan song of the leaves is mother nature’s denouement before retreating into hibernation. Year after year, this grand spectacle continues to inspire us, both amateur photographers and master artisans alike, with its unwavering allure.
For Hemmerle‘s Fall Private Viewing in New York this year, the graceful leaves of autumn swept through their atelier, inspiring two of their newest pieces featured on the event’s invitation. The first is a ring comprised of intricately carved copper leaves, whose sinuous tips gently grip a spectacular brown diamond.
The same copper leaves form the domes of a pair of earrings, complimenting the strikingly similar pattern of its ammonite drops. Living in the ancient oceans around the same time as the dinosaurs, these extinct mollusks have transformed into uniquely patterned fossils. Some ammonite fossils bear intricately patterned details on their outer surface called sutures, located beneath the external shell wall. Often visible if the fossil has been subject to weathering or artificial polishing, sutures uncannily resemble the meandering notches and varied brown hues of fall’s leaves.
Here is an exclusive look at the making of these two autumn-inspired jewels, along with a few other pieces-in-the-making, at Hemmerle’s atelier in Munich. The Hemmerle family works closely together with their 18 highly skilled craftsmen to create every unique jewel, from concept to finished piece.