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Sacred Season

solemncandlesAs the holidays draw near many of us are
drawn to things in our life that are sacred.

Eve’s “Sacred Geometries” series draws inspiration from ancient history and artifacts from many lands.  Delving into her interest in archeology, she has unearthed many repeating patterns among civilizations and religions.  Exploring the shapes and traditions of the Celtic World, Islam, Japan, of medieval alchemy and magic as well as Stone Age cultures she has realized; “Geometry’s use is to describe the world.  When we feel awe at nature and the Creation, geometry becomes sacred.”

egganddart

Eve found interesting shapes in ancient architecture as an inspiration for her “Egg and Dart” pendant made with extra fine Moonstone and 23 Diamonds.

Egg-and-dart or egg-and-tongue is an ornamental device often carved in wood, stone, or plaster quarter-round ovolo mouldings, consisting of an egg-shaped object alternating with an element shaped like an arrowanchor or dart. Egg-and-dart enrichment of the ovolo molding of the Ionic capital is found in ancient Greek architecture at the Erechtheion and was used by the Romans.[1] The motif has also been common in neoclassical architecture.[2][3]

“When many circles intersect, graceful patterns are formed; some with roots in ancient writings like the “Flower of Life” figures which these earrings and pendant are related.  “Isfahan”, as the pendant is titled, a famous old city in Persia, is graced with innumerable mosaics and I found pattern amid the tiles on the walls in this city.” States Eve.

“Isfahan” pendant.  5 Diamonds = 0.05tw G-H/VS/SI. Fresh Water Pearl, 18K Rose Gold

“Arabesque ll Earrings.  2 Fresh Water Pearls extra fine. 14K Gold.  $1835
Isfahan is an important city as it is located at the intersection of the two principal north–south and east–west routes that traverse Iran. It was once one of the largest cities in the world. It flourished from 1050 to 1722, particularly in the 16th and 17th centuries under the Safavid dynasty when it became the capital of Persia for the second time in its history. 

isfahanEven today the city retains much of its past glory. It is famous for its Persian–Islamic architecture, having many beautiful boulevards, covered bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets, and the city also has many historical buildings, monuments, paintings and artifacts. The fame of Isfahan led to the Persian pun and proverb “Esfahān nesf-e- jahān ast“: Isfahan is half (of) the world.[5]
The Naghsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan is one of the largest city squares in the world. UNESCO has designated it a World Heritage Site.

isosceles“From the solidity of the pyramids to the intersecting curves that we have abstracted from nature; triangular, circular and square shapes have often taken on special meanings for us.  A triangle is rooted in earth, but aspires to heaven.  Two intersecting circles define a vesica , an oval angled at both ends, which can symbolize fertility.”

The “Isosceles/or Not” earrings feature 4 malachite stones and silver with 14k posts. $1056.

The round “Intersect” earrings  have two beautiful chyrsoprase stones carved by the famous Dieter Lorenz with 12 Diamonds and 14K white gold. $2440.

The “Arabesque I” earrings feature 8 Diamonds – 0.06tw and two diamond briolettes – .32tw and 18K white gold. $2620.

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Opening Party and Narrative for Eve’s newest series “Alone Together”

“A fourth-floor walkup on a quiet street in Paris. A child is playing with blocks on the floor while a radio is playing. She is Aimee, (ay-may), later called Violette, a small, quiet, brown-haired child with wide eyes.

Sound: a man is ranting, screaming at a high pitch. A crowd roars, again and again, in successive waves. The windows rattle. Somebody swiftly crosses the floor, switches off the sound. It is 1940.”

– Act 1 in Eve Alfillé’s eleven-part narrative, “Alone Together”

jewelry from Alone Together, Eve's new series

We cordially invite you to the opening reception of “Alone Together” at the Eve J. Alfillé Studio & Gallery celebrating a new series of stunning jewelry by Eve. The collection will feature items inspired by the life and times of Aimee, the fictional heroine of Eve’s stunning eleven-part narrative.

Our celebration will feature musical stylings by classical guitarist Sean McMahon, as well as hors d’oeuvres, potent potables and sweet treats.

Please join us on Saturday, May 3, from Noon – 6pm
at the Eve J. Alfillé Studio & Gallery
623 Grove Street, Evanston, IL 60201

Everybody is invited! Please RSVP to 847-869-7920 or contact@EveJewelry.com

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Custom Made Wishes, Gifts and Treasures

klmt ye dmd nkl close upThe holidays are coming and November is a great time to talk with Eve about your custom made wishes, treasures and gifts.

Our work is hand made, one at a time, by Eve and her talented staff of assistants & metal smiths.

Together, we can build a beautiful, artistic work of wearable art that you can pass down through the generations. (Most of our treasures have room to be inscribed with a personal message).

Call (847) 869-7920 and schedule your meeting with Eve to discuss a custom treasure of your own.

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Rings of Great Significance

Eve has been quite busy designing beautiful engagement rings for couples all year long, and we thought you might find the following info-graphic on engagement ring history, interesting and fun.  Might I add, that not all of her projects were for young couples.

Eve has designed several rings for couples who are seeking more unusual and custom rings, making Eve an obvious go-to choice.   Another trend, which continues this year is the use of non-traditional gems for engagement and wedding rings.  Just like Princess Diana and Duchess Kate’s, sapphires are another popular choice and, not all are of the blue variety.  But sapphires are not the only distinction.  Once you see Eve’s gem room and begin exploring, you will be amazed at all the gemstone alternatives.  Just be sure to select a hard gem, that can stand up to daily wear and tear.

“Refresh Your Wedding Rings!” says the husband of one woman who is redesigning her wedding ring with Eve this season.   After 50+ years of marriage she opted for an updated, sleek and modern Eve Alfillé design which Eve is currently working on.  The gallery this year has seen a surprising number of women doing just that!

At the gallery, we refer to these projects as transformations and are not limited to wedding jewelry.  Eve has undertaken transformations throughout her entire career and every transformation is a fascinating process.  The best part happens when the redesigned ring or heirloom piece is complete and clients look upon their new creation for the first time.  The look of sheer joy as she sees her redesigned ring in its new form. “I have to caution them to be careful while driving, and not let their newly refreshed rings distract,” Eve says.

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While you were sleeping . . . .Eve was designing.

Did you know that artist Eve Alfillé designs every single one of the beautiful & varied gemstone bead necklaces in her Evanston Gallery?

necklace-treeIn addition to designing all the jewelry in her display cases, Eve designs every one of the many necklaces hanging on the wrought iron tree displays in the front of her artistic gallery space.  Its true, each necklace is from Eve’s fertile imagination using a wide array of gemstones and pearls held in her studio and gem room.

A consummate night owl, Alfillé also designs her jewelry treasures into the wee hours of the morning.  “At a certain point, somewhere around 1 or 2am, I reach a sort of “creative high” which results in very interesting blends of color and form.  These are especially intricate combinations, with exciting sterling silver accents and different pretty clasps.

While all together the quantity of necklaces she has could appear overwhelming, if you take a moment to look closely at just a few of the many unique necklaces she has created you will find many wonderful combinations of materials and visual surprises that you will enjoy for years to come.

The next time you need a jewelry pick me up, or a wonderful, one of a kind gift, spend some time exploring Eve’s ever-changing collection of interesting and beautiful necklaces.  “I especially enjoy designing these necklaces and bracelets for women who appreciate ‘unusual,’ and are not afraid of their feminine power,” Eve explains.

Here is a close up look at one of Eve’s many gemstone bead necklaces.

Running Rapids II beaded necklace necklace
Citrine, Flourite, Rose Quartz, Iolite and others with a 14k gold clasp.

Running Rapids II” necklace (left) from Eve’s “Les Petits Fruits” series features a pastel rainbow of different types of gems, including fluorite, citrine, rose quartz and iolite and others, with a 14 karat gold clasp.

Each necklace is unique – however, the mood and look of each necklace Eve creates will be harmonious and use a beautiful combination of faceted, smooth and carved gemstones.