Pops of colour, reinterpreted silhouettes and contrasting duals are just a few highlights of the John Hardyspring/summer 2017 collection.
The collection boasts clean lines, interesting shapes and on-trend colour combinations. Established in 1975 by John Hardy, who had fallen in love with Bali while on trips to the island in the early 1970s, the brand is known for its
attention to detail and dedication to preserving traditional craftsmanship.
An eye-catching detail of the John Hardy spring/summer 2017 collection is the pairing of yellow gold with sterling silver. The dual colour combination is unusual – contradictory yet harmonious, creating a visual effect which the brand describes
as “magic contrast”.
Gone are the days when pairing yellow gold with sterling silver was considered a faux pas at best and a fashion sin at worst. The brand has embraced this quirky colour combination and has implemented it in multiple pieces across its core collections – like the Dot, Modern Chain, Classic Chain and Bamboo collections.
The best highlight of the spring/summer 2017 collection to feature this daring colour combination is an 18ct yellow gold and diamond necklace from the Modern Chain collection. The necklace has alternating rows of gold and diamonds in a repeated V-shape pattern inspired by traditional artisanal
The Modern Chain collection is a contemporary unisex reinterpretation of an archival design the brand had originally created for men during the early 1990s. The use of strong, simple lines in the collection gives its pieces a young, edgy vibe.
The Bamboo collection has also expanded its offerings by including unexpected splashes of colour. Moonstones in soft peach, white and grey hues are featured prominently in the Sautoir necklace, as well as in the bracelets. Moonstones are thought to exude special properties onto the wearer, and pieces that incorporate these stones in the collection were directly inspired by the Balinese moon “rising high above the sea,” notes the official John Hardy website.
New to John Hardy this year is the introduction of raised 3D dots, named Jawan – meaning “soldier” in Balinese – in the Dots collection. The addition of the spherical pattern has given it a more graphic feel, making the cuffs and rings adorned with Jawan seem architectural.
Also new to the Dot collection is the use of ebony. The warm, dark brown colour of the ebony contrasts with the soft, metallic sheen of the sterling silver, and projects the brand’s vision to find its inspiration in nature when creating jewellery.
Over at the Legends collection, baroque pearls – known for their asymmetrical shapes – are featured. The Naga chain necklacestrings together many baroque pearls of different shapes and sizes, ranging from tear-shaped to slightly square.
The necklace also features a small talisman in the shape of Naga, a mythical water dragon that is said to protect a great, beautiful pearl nestled at the bottom of the ocean.
On the men’s side, koka beads have taken centrestage. These beads come in rich hues and organic shapes, and their effect in bracelets is masculine and relaxed.
As a brand targeting a modern generation, John Hardy has pioneered several initiatives to ensure its jewellery business is sustainable. While working to create “sustainable luxury”, the brand also runs an apprenticeship programme to help train young people to become artisans, and is also a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council.
It also pioneered its “Wear Bamboo, Plant Bamboo” initiative: whenever a piece from its Bamboo collection is bought, the programme sows bamboo seedlings to help make the earth a little more green.