Close Encounters of the Jeweled Kind
“It’s mysterious stuff from outer space,” said curator and Playboy‘s director of special projects, Neville Wakefield, at David Yurman’s Vestry street studio last night. He was referring to a piece of Gibeon meteorite, which, named for Gibeon, Namibia, where it struck a billion years prior, was on display. The occasion was the unveiling of Yurman’s new menswear collection, aptly dubbed Meteorite. To fete the launch, Evan Yurman—the jewelry brand’s heir apparent—asked Wakefield to create a presentation that highlighted the lineup’s overarching intergalactic feel. “I wanted to narrate the story of [transforming] the raw material from space into product,” Wakefield told Style.com. The room was staged with a projection of the moon on one end and the meteor on the other, with the label’s pieces raised on pedestals in between. The electronic sounds of French band Air played ever so softly in the background.
“Rarely do you get to experience the inspiration for a jewelry collection, so this is more about the concept,” Evan offered of the installation. The collection, which comprises rings, necklaces, cuff links, and bracelets, combines pieces of the meteorite with black diamonds, titanium, onyx, carbon fiber, platinum, and gold. “I was in love with this one meteorite and its crystal structure,” Evan said, adding that his obsession led to his sourcing it from meteorite collectors, a process that took a year and a half.
Of his other outer-space-related interests, Wakefield said in jest, “I just saw the premiere of George Clooney and Sandra Bullock’s film Gravity.” No tickets bought on Virgin Galactic just yet, though rest assured, these two will be appropriately adorned should the time come.