Last summer, I had the opportunity to meet Gaspard Hex through O Paris curator Lauren Bevis at the Stealthprojekt showroom. After our brief encounter, I was immediately drawn to the Paris-based jewelry designer’s warm and carefree personality. Not to mention the other-worldly meteorite-like jewelry and the coolest pyramid-shaped leather bag he was sporting at that time. My excitement heightened when I found out that he was presenting his collection at the Void Showroom which I was scheduled to visit.
At the Void Showroom, Gaspard took me to a journey as he eagerly showed me his latest collection. Gaspard Hex jewelry have a dark shamanic aesthetic almost reminiscent to a talisman or an amulet. The young designer utilizes high-grade materials to create what is considered wearable art. Drawing inspiration from nature and various symbols, Gaspard believes that his pieces serve as a link between the past and the future.
Since starting his artisanal jewelry line in 2011, Gaspard has worked with sterling silver, bronze and precious stones such as opal and diamonds. He has a penchant for experimenting with unusual out-of-the-box materials like meteorites. So far, he considers bismuth as the most unusual material he has worked with. Bismuth, is a white, crystalline, brittle metal with a pinkish tinge. Upon heating, this interesting element crystallizes. Then, as it oxidizes, it produces surprisingly beautiful rainbow-like colors. According to the talented young designer, he wants to integrate pallasites to his creations in the future. This rare and mysterious stony-iron meteorites are derived from an extinct plant that was destroyed during the formation of our solar system. When sliced and polished, these rocks from outerspace somewhat looks like those stained-glass windows typically found inside the church. No wonder they are considered the most beautiful of all the meteorites. Wouldn't it be absolutely amazing to have something made from a piece of celestial beauty?
Before pursuing a career in jewelry making, jack-of-all-trades Gaspard was producing electronic music. At the moment, he is focusing on his eponymous jewelry brand creating out-of-this-world pieces. Once in awhile, if his schedule permits, he occasionally deejays at some of his favorite venues. In fact, last fashion week, I spotted him spinning at the Mads Dinesen show. He recently collaborated with alternative French watchmaker FOB Paris designing limited edition pocket watches. He also produces exclusive jewelry pieces available at Galerie BSL, a design gallery which showcases unique and limited-edition works by established and up-and-coming artists. It seems like there's no stopping the young Gaspard Hex from taking over the world.
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