Lily Cole designed a jewelry collection made partially of Amazonian wild rubber after she was offered by Sky Rainforest Rescue to visit Brazil to see the wild rubber tapping. The model who is an ambassador fo the initiative decided to create a jewelry line inspired by a pendant of her own from Africa.
For me, the collection is a metaphor of what is possible. I hope we can use the material in many other products in the future. Jewellery is also a good way of communicating the value and delicacy of the rainforest it represents. Wearing it against skin can connect us with a place and a dialogue that is seemingly far away.
The model who graduated from Cambridge and ventured into acting (I loved The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and her role of siren in Doctor Who) and is eco-conscious had also Vivienne Westwood join her in exploring the rubber industry. The designer created a dress for her from rubber, which Cole wore to Met Ball this year.
Lily Cole Jewelry Collection
The collection is stylish and modern but also very affordable. It consists of pendants, rings, and earrings made of metal and colored wild rubber. The design though very simple and minimalistic makes a statement.
Cole has been involved in the entire process of making the jewelry including rubber tapping. She said:
I wanted the jewellery to feel valuable but also vulnerable – as a metaphor for the rainforest. I wanted it to be something people would both love and treat delicately. I am more interested in the story behind the objects than the process of design itself, but design is an inherent part of a lot of what I do, and important for communicating ideas.
The result is great. The jewelry looks gorgeous, don’t you think?
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