Earrings, Honey bee, 2014
This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Gebrüder Hemmerle and Doron and Marianne Livnat as part of Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.
A honey bee alights on an orb of golden honeycomb in these ingenious earrings by Hemmerle. Rich materials conspire to create a magical effect—brass, iron, amber, and pink and red gold. In 1895, Hemmerle was appointed purveyor to the Royal Bavarian Court. In 1995, Stefan Hemmerle took control of the firm with his wife, Sylveli. In 2006, they were joined by their son, Christian, and his wife, Yasmin. Nature is an endless source of inspiration. The design of the jewelry is a collaborative process for the family and their workshop. Each piece is shaped through iterative sketches—some taking up to five hundred hours to complete.
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Its dimensions are
L x W x D: 2.9 × 2.6 × 2.6 cm (1 1/8 in. × 1 in. × 1 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.