Cora Sheibani’s “Glow” at Louisa Guinness Gallery, London

BLOUIN ARTINFO, March 30, 2019

Louisa Guinness Gallery in London is hosting “Glow,” an exhibition of the works of acclaimed jewelry designer Cora Sheibani. The exhibition is on view through April 30, 2019.


The exhibition, the gallery’s first solo with Cora Sheibani, is a celebration of ‘fluorescent gems’ — an exquisite kind of stone that glows in a different color when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) lighting.


“Fluorescence and phosphorescence are a significant characteristic of certain gems, a quality that is often overlooked but I believe should be used as a design feature,” says Sheibani.


“According to a GIA study in 1997, ‘the average person could not make the distinction between a diamond with fluorescence and a diamond without,’” the gallery says. “However, Sheibani finds fluorescence to be a positive quality that adds an interesting and hidden dimension that makes it more unique. For our exhibition ‘Glow,’ all of the jewelry has been designed with special consideration given to how the colors will appear in both normal and UV lighting. The ‘Glow jewels’ have an extra dimension to them that can be cherished by the wearer and enjoyed at will, with the help of a light. In true Sheibani style, the works are completely design driven and manufactured to the highest quality, mostly in Switzerland, but also in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.”


For this exhibition, a part of the gallery space has been transformed into a site-specific installation. The exhibition space appears as a dark wonderland where viewers can explore each unique piece of glowing jewelry alongside amazing fluorescent and phosphorescent minerals.


“I am really thrilled to present this exhibition of Cora’s work. I have long been an admirer of her style and design skills and am a collector of her work myself. The time and care she puts into the production of each piece is exemplary and the quality speaks for itself,” says Louisa Guinness.


Sheibani creates stunning jewelry,  which are either abstract or inspired by playful objects of interesting shapes. Her passion for color is apparent in every piece of her intricate creations. For this exhibition, the designer has created some brand new work, which includes her cupcake rings, rain cloud brooches, and flowering cacti bracelets.


“Sheibani feels that it is perhaps her passion for color that led her to explore and bring to the foreground the neon side of certain gemstones,” the gallery says.


A section of the exhibition will resemble a mini-retrospective of her works of the past 15 years, enhanced by a neon glow.


The exhibition is on view through April 30, 2019, at Louisa Guinness Gallery, 45 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2YN, UK.


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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek of the exhibition