Created in the beginning of the 1970s, the Face series explore a fascination with metamorphosis in Greek and Roman mythology. Finely detailed gold is transmogrified and illuminated by precious stones, symbolising the complexity of human nature and our place in the natural world. "Proportions, emotional expressions, and facial features reflect the creator. Through art we get to meet another person’s soul”, Arje Griegst
18K yellow gold ring with 5 Top Wesselton VVS diamonds
Made in Denmark
The word metamorphosis has Greek roots meaning transformation, a subject that the Roman poet Ovid explored in his book Metamorphoses (8 AD). Weaving together Greek and Roman fairytales, stories and myths, Ovid’s tales of people turning into animals, plants and stones has been a recurring companion for Arje Griegst, most notably seen in the Faces series. “Proportions, emotional expressions, and facial features reflect the creator. Through art we get to meet another person’s soul” – Arje Griegst
LUCY IN THE SKY RING, 18K GOLD.
Like a nymph catching her breath. Lucy In The Sky is also known as Big Heaven’s Face ring.
SELECTION OF VARIOUS FACES IN PORCELAIN
In 1975 Arje’s love for fusing the grotesque and the beautiful led to a jewellery and belt buckle collection of naughty cherubs made in porcelain for Royal Copenhagen, based partly on the artist’s children to his wife Irene Griegst's portrait hidden in a rose to his devilish self-portrait The Oak Man.
HEAVENS FACE PENDANT, 18K GOLD.
“Before the seas, and this terrestrial ball, And heav’n’s high canopy, that covers all, One was the face of nature” – Ovid