Top: Magnifying. To increase the apparent size of. The stone is reflected in a magnifying mirror surface. The size of this stone – and its value – are then proportionately increased. White gold 750 - 1 Diamond 0,17ct TW-vvs.
Above: Doubling. Twice as much in size, strength, number, or amount. The stone is refected in a simple mirror surface and give the illustion to get 2. White gold 750 - 1 Diamond 0,25ct TW-vvs
Created in collaboration with traditional Viennese jeweller A.E.Köchert, the mirrors on each ring are positioned to enlarge or multiply the stone, altering the apparent value of the piece.
Above: Multiplying. To increase the amount, number, or degree of. Two mirror surfaces are facing each other in order to multiply the reflect of the stone. White gold 750 - 1 Diamond 0,26ct TW-vvs
The project was one of eight in the Passionswege programme of Vienna Design Week, where young designers are paired with Viennese companies that have a long tradition.
Above: Reflecting. To give back or show an image of. Only the reflection of the stones appears in the mirror surface. A good way to protect one’s treasure from prying eyes. White gold 750 - 19 Diamonds 0,18ct TW-vvs
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Above: Tinting. To impart color to. The colour of the stone is reflected in a half spheric mirror shape, whose surfaces are slightly tinted depending on the position of the ring. White gold 750 - 1 Saphir 0,34ct
The information that follows is from Le Moigne:
Nicolas Le Moigne (CH) in collaboration with A.E.Köchert VIENNA DESIGN WEEK Passionswege
The former imperial and royal jewellers A.E.Köchert have been creating exquisite jewellery for almost 200 years. For the Swiss designer Nicolas Le Moigne, Köchert’s products are the ultimate in prestige and luxury. His goal was to combine its historical opulence with a contemporary and affordable (!) idea. The designer takes the stage on Hoher Markt with the outrageous slogan ‘buy 1, get 1 free’, or even better, ‘buy 1, get 10, 100, etc., free’. Lemoigne uses mirrors to multiply the precious objects, ironically exaggerating luxury to the extremes of decadence, simultaneously tickling the blissful fancy of the consumer in getting more for his or her money.
Each ring is limited to 8 pieces
Beauty Close at Hand
Taking pleasure in beauty. These words serve as a perfect description of the motto and the nearly 200-year tradition of the A.E. Köchert firm. The Neuer Markt jewelers have always achieved an outstanding combination of classical and modern design in their work. In 1814 Emanuel Pioté founded a goldsmith workshop in Vienna, but it was Jakob Heinrich Köchert who, by joining the firm five years later, laid the cornerstone for “the” Viennese jeweler’s dynasty – the house of Köchert.
Since that time it has been a marked family and firm tradition that the doors to our Neuer Markt shop are open to well-known artists who, in productive collaboration with our own singularly talented master goldsmiths, have created one-of-a-kind jewels.
The onetime Imperial Court Jeweler Emanuel Köchert (1825-1879) owed his additional title of “Kammerjuwelier” (“Chamber Jeweler”), by which he was also charged with the care of the treasury and the jewels of the imperial family Habsburg-Lothringen, to the renown of the goldsmith firm. During the period when the firm served as Jeweler to the Imperial and Royal Court, Köchert’s stars for Empress Elisabeth, among other things, caused an international sensation. These stars are today once again being produced and enjoy widespread popularity. Today Christoph and Wolfgang Köchert continue the tradition of the A.E. Köchert name in perfect form and style.
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