London-based fine jewelry designer Sabine Getty may have just given birth to baby girl Gene Honor, but that doesn’t mean she’s hanging up her career, or even putting it on pause, for that matter. Getty took inspiration from her real life to launch the Baby Memphis collection. Like its big sister “Memphis,” the new line is influenced by pop culture and the 1980s Italian design movement of the same name, launched by architect Ettore Sottsass, and known for its asymmetrical, colorful shapes.
Getty’s Baby Memphis line features stackable rings, necklaces, and earrings in white, rose, and yellow 18kt gold that are inlaid with sapphires, emeralds, and diamonds. The offering is similar in style to the Memphis collection – which notably hit the runway during London Fashion Week for “disco couturier” Michael Halpern of Halpern Studio’s fashion week debut.
It will appeal to women looking to collect accessible fine jewelry (price points start at US $350; 1 285 AED/SAR for the single wave studs in 18kt gold and go up to US $5 480; 20 130 AED/SAR for a diamond pavé gold wave choker). The zig-zag lines and organic waves of the pieces are colorful, comfortable jewels for women who, like Getty, seek out glamour in the everyday.
Getty’s design universe launched several years ago with art deco pieces that quickly found fans among (her personal icon) Céline Dion, Rihanna, and Nicole Kidman. This new Memphis direction, highlighted in a color-bright website, is infused with pop codes that evoke the joy of her new universe – at work and at home.