To be green, ethic and to educate. These are the basis of Chiara Passoni's jewels, with shark teeth fossils from 5 million years ago
Tuesday, 28 May 2019,
by Lorenza Scalisi
Jurassic Necklace White gold, 925 sterling silver, blue sapphires, diamonds and fossil shark teeth of Carcharinus Plumbeus, found in Bone Valley Group, Florida
Respect Your Nature. The words engraved on the back of all Chiara Passoni’s jewels sound like a double invitation: respect yourself along with Mother Nature. An urging that Chiara, an expert diving guide, mainly feels as her own, nurtured, as she is, by an untamed passion for the sea and its inhabitants. A profession that is almost an instinct and which has now taken on a new look and shape. That of unique jewelry made with rare and precious raw materials, although not in the usual sense of the term: fossilized shark teeth, deposited for millions of years in the world’s most fascinating and ancestral habitats. Light-colored teeth from the sands of the Moroccan and Egyptian desert, dark if found in riverbeds in the United States. Sharp, blade-like, up to 12 centimeters long in the case of megalodon teeth, yet at the same time, harmonic in the designer’s daring and elegant, hand-fashioned compositions. The species of shark, the state of preservation, coloration and age of the tooth are the elements that determine the item’s value, that beauty that makes them special, suitable to become key players in collections with nothing short of evocative names, such as Jurassic capsule collection. But that’s not all. Diamond pavé, topaz, pink, blue and black sapphires or moonstones set into white gold and silver act as accompaniment, creating items able to transmit gratifying and fulfilling emotions, both aesthetically and spiritually. Just like a dive into the depths of the ocean.
Jurassic Brooch White gold, 925 sterling silver, blue sapphires, diamonds and fossil shark teeth of Carcharoides Catticus, found in Antwerp, Belgium
Jurassic Cuff White gold, 925 sterling silver, blue sapphires, diamonds and fossil shark teeth mix, of Carcharinus Plumbeus and Carcharoides Catticus
SharkKiss is a smarter version of Jurassic with a nylon cord bracelet on which to play with various decorative, gold and silver elements: a baby shark with a sapphire-embellished fin, imitation shark teeth in burnished steel made from fossil tooth molds, and tiny gold and silver crosses, the modern-day symbol of a kiss, decorated with brown diamonds. There are two main aims behind this “collection within a collection”: on the one hand, to make the aesthetic and creative project accessible to a wider public, and on the other, to popularize these animals further. As well as the love for the sea and mother nature, the main topic of this exceptional jewelry designer in a diving suit.