Cristina Celestino has designed the Bangle Collection for Italian haute couture atelier Budri, known for their work with marble and semiprecious stones. The series consists of vases, jewelry boxes, and a tray, inspired by d’antan jewelry – particularly bakelite bracelets. The artificial resin, an innovative material discovered in the early 1900s, made it possible to create jewelry with carvings and inclusions in a variety of bright colors. Bakelite also frequently mimicked precious materials such as marble, ivory, and tortoiseshell.
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For the Bangle Collection, Celestino designed six vases using stacks of over-scaled bakelite-inspired “bracelets”. She alternated veined materials with solid marbles to create a color block effect, and then added in semi-transparent onyx. The line beautifully combines fine materials through the use of high technology and skilled craftsmanship.