One of our new collections, by Adel Chefridi, has truly stole our hearts. When we were able to see the jewelry in person for the first time, everyone was in awe. We are so excited to carry this artist's jewelry. We have a wide range of rings, necklaces, and earrings that are equally as beautiful as the next. Shop Adel Chefridi online and at our Ardmore, Princeton, and Saucon Valley locations.
"Beauty is a language that we all accept without effort because it is the raw material of our own essence, more intrinsic than intellect and culture. More subtle than understanding. Naturally universal.
Adel’s childhood playground in Carthage-Tunis was on the remains of the material cultures of the Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Andalusians, Ottomans, and many more. They all left behind a tapestry of knowledge, stories and artifacts. When Adel came to New York in 1998 and witnessed the richness of all the different faces and flavors, he felt right at home. New York felt fresh yet so familiar and the inspiration was immediate and deeply rooted. Soon after he started his jewelry studio and continued on his path using beauty as his language.
In 2010 we started our sister studio in Tunis. Adel had a desire to open a channel to exchange skills and knowledge with his family back in Tunisia; creating an opportunity and outlet for the expression of beauty back home. This direct connection to the past that has shaped Adel’s designs allows the creativity to continue to flow."
"I remember being a child and the first time I walked into the back room of a jeweler. He had a torch in his hand and magnifying glasses on his face. He seemed like a magician playing with fire and I always loved magic. I believed that a master can turn anything into gold. I still believe that, but on a deeper level.
Many years later, I arrived in New York City, and the old dream of playing with fire, shaping gold and collecting objects came back to life. I went to the GIA to study Gemology and finished intensive programs in goldsmithing and diamond setting. To learn more, I went to India to search for gems and started setting them in gold and silver. I've been surrounded by gemstones and a flood of patterns ever since."
"In our studio, we're ding our best to be aware of the impact of metal mining. We source gold from [artisanal] mines whenever possible and reduce our footprint through the use of recycled metals."
Adel Chefridi is open to suggestions on bettering his process with being more efficient.
"Adel Chefridi designs emphasize simplicity, durability and an openness to light and movement. The pieces have a friendly and peaceful feel that makes them wearable on any day or occasion. These are some of the design elements that help create the look and feel of Adel Chefridi jewelry.
Soft Satin Finish: Also known as a matte finish, a satin finish leaves [their] 18k gold and sterling silver with an overall smoothness, without the reflection. It provides distinction to the engraving marks and helps to enhance the stones.
Quality Diamonds Sparkle: A diamond's precision, size and cut are an integral part of Adel Chefridi designs. All diamonds in [their] gold line are excellent cut and pure white (F-G Color and VS1-VS2 Clarity). All diamonds in [their] silver line are excellent cut and pure white (F-G Color and SI Clarity).
Natural Stones: [The] colored gemstones are hand selected and chosen for their bright and highly saturated colors. [They] believe that using only natural stones, which may contain slight variations in color, makes each piece of jewelry unique.
Function and Aesthetic as One: Bead setting melds purpose and form, creating complex patterns by carefully hand engraving each stone.
Antiquing for Contrast: Inspired by nature and symmetry, [their] Silver and Harmony lines are adorned with various antiqued patterns and finished with an antiqued chain. This darkening is intentional and helps to provide contrast, balance and charm."
"There is something about the language of gems that makes you want to listen. They use light to talk about love, causing it to burst into color. In my work I hope to allow the jewelry to articulate this conversation; to speak in subtle hints and whispers without the need for translation." - Adel Chefridi
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