Jewel of the day: Anna Davern Printed Sapphire and Diamond Earrings

3-d printing has revolutionized the way objects are created. While this is pretty much one-dimensional, it makes me pause and think about how we create things, and how we perceive them. Printed onto aluminum by Australian jeweller Anna Davern, these “sapphire” and “diamond” drops sure look sparkly and elegant, but of course cost a fraction of the real thing. “Inspired by the great diamonds of the world and the stories that accompany them, Anna Davern uses sublimation printing to create dramatic, yet lightweight jewellery. Images of brilliant and faceted gemstones are transferred onto aluminium sheets, cut and constructed into playful trompe l’oeil pieces. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Anna has been creating distinctive jewellery since the 1990s.”

These sell for £115 from the Victoria and Albert Museum gift shop.

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