Shops We Love: Handmade Jewelry by Lunaticart
As I mentioned in the article about Goutte de Terre, Raphaël Schaltegger is fortunate enough to have another handmade jewelry designer in close proximity: his wife Berenice. Her Lunaticart collection is so gorgeous and refined, you’ll want to definitely add it to your collection.
Those two words, gorgeous and refined, really do perfectly describe this collection. Small details add up to stellar designs that almost force you to peer closer to take in the detailing. Two pieces that really champion Berenice’s meticulous handiwork are the Gold Crown rings and the Stella Vermeil necklace. Using design elements that appear throughout the collection, one can only imagine how much time and attention to detail these pieces require. Enjoy this snapshot into this must-see collection of handmade jewelry and be sure to visit the shop for more and follow Berenice on Instagram.
About the maker:
“My passion for traveling led me indirectly to Jewelry making since it was the only way to afford it. I would spend hours and hours sitting on the streets of the visited countries, selling my jewelry in order to pay for food and housing. And what started as a need for survival became a need for living.
Traveling, I met my husband (after bumping into each other for years in different countries). We first lived on an island on the French west coast for a few years, then we’ve moved to Paris to start a new life. It’s been a year since we moved back to Mexico (I am Mexican). We make everything here by hand and send all of our orders to Paris to be dispatched from there around the world.
In 2005 I took a short silversmith course at the Escuela de Artes Plasticas in Taxco, Mexico (The mecca of silversmith in the country, you gotta go visit! It is such a beautiful village), but I would say that I am mostly self taught.
My work doesn’t follow one particular design aesthetic but rather involves some form of technical experimentation; that’s where I find the motivation for making every piece. However, I have to say that my most beautiful creations so far are my 2 and 10 year old sons, Nilo and Teva.
I put my heart into every piece of jewelry I make, that is why for me they all tell a story, they are all unique, I hope you can feel that too.”