There is something about the language of gems that makes me want to listen. They use light to talk about love, causing it to burst into color. Through my work, I hope to allow the jewelry to articulate this conversation; to speak in subtle hints and whispers without the need for translation.

Adel Chefridi was born in the old city of Tunis, along the Mediterranean coast where as a youth he enjoyed combing the beaches for ancient mosaic tiles of stone and glass worn by the sea for thousands of years. Adel came to New York in 1998, where he founded his studio. Today Adel’s work is increasingly drawing from his multicultural background, resulting in an attempt to reconcile past and present, with nostalgia and hope. Adel creates his pieces using natural gemstones, and solid precious metals. Pieces are designed both with exact measurements creating an organic symmetry or completely free form allowing spontaneous approachable shapes later tamed and embellished with texture, light and color. The natural gemstones are added bringing in light and exquisite color while blending with form and surface to create a motif that speaks to both the past and the future.

Adel’s designs emphasize simplicity, durability and an openness to light and movement. Using natural gemstones, his pieces have a friendly and peaceful feel that make them wearable every day.

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