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Judge the Jewels: Isabeli Fontana’s Spectacular Sculptural Elsa Jin Brooch

Bold surrealist jewels are having an undeniable red carpet moment.




The sighting: Model Isabeli Fontana turned heads on the Cannes red carpet in a long black gown and magnificent feather brooch by Elsa Jin.

The jewels: That incredible brooch adorning Isabeli Fontana’s clavicle is by Elsa Jin, a jewelry artist from China who specializes in this type of showstopping one-of-a-kind design.
Fontana is wearing “Life 2022,” one of a series of four feather brooches that Jin created to showcase different gems within large, elaborate diamond wings. This particular piece features a 71.83 carat emerald.

The trends: One might think this look is simply too large to be relevant as a trend, but bold surrealist jewels are having an undeniable red carpet moment. Just look at all the A-listers who have worn Schiaparelli to big events in the past few years: it’s an illustrious roster including Adele, Beyonce, Halsey, Cardi B, Doja Cat, and Lady Gaga

Elsa Jin just won a Couture award for a similar piece – it was deemed Best in Haute Couture, and I think it’s a well-deserved accolade. Just look at these wings!! Incredible.
Miss Cote D’Azur Lara Gautier actually wore the aquamarine brooch from this series on the Cannes red carpet a few days before this, but I think Isabeli Fontana’s styling is more exciting (see Gautier’s look here on Instagram).

What do we think? I love this. It’s a lot of look, but this is exactly the type of event where that’s appropriate. This is a design that could easily overwhelm, but the way that the brooch is perched right at Isabeli Fontana’s collarbone, with its textured diamond wings providing a shimmering contrast to the black dress’s severe cutouts, is simply thrilling.

Judgement: 14/10 for an exquisite jewel worn with great panache.


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