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Von Zadora-Gerlof - The only true Faberge's heir

Martha Taylor-Brown |
The art of jewellery is tens of thousands of years old and Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof brought it to perfection.

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The art of jewellery dates back to the Middle Stone Age some 75,000 to 100,000 years ago. It is believed that jewellery started out as a functional items used to fasten parts of clothing together. People later adapted them for use as an object for purely aesthetic decoration or as a spiritual and religious symbols.

Some of today's art pieces of jewellery are unique and so priceless that we can freely say that they present status symbols. Just recall Russian royal family and Faberge's eggs. Canadian Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof is the only true heir of Peter Carl Faberge, the greatest Russian's artist.

Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof spent his childhood in hiking, fishing and hunting on the Queen Charlotte Island, an isolated archipelago near the British Columbia coast. In the age of twelve, after a hunting accident, his right hand was almost paralyzed. Somehow at that time he showed the interest for Indian spirituality and mysticism and started to study Haida art under the guidance of close family friend and Haida artist Gordon Cross. He very soon discovered his gift for sculpturing objects in three dimensions, especially animals.

Family tradition of military career averted Zadora-Gerlof from the art for a while, but after three years he returned to his only true love - to be the artist. Together with his wife he started to envision, design and create outstanding objects, jewellery, sculptures and watches of unparalleled imagination and beauty.

Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof now leads a world-class workshop that makes everything from fine jewellery to large sculptures. His art pieces can be found in private yachts, planes and home interiors. But he is probably the best known as the artist of clocks which prices run into millions of dollars. Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof watches are timeless work of art. To tell the time on Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof watch you must look at Roman numerals encircling the face's metal rim.

Zadora Frog Prince Timepiece is made of 18kt yellow gold. The body is pave set with tsavorites studded with blue sapphire cabochons with diamond feet details and ruby cabochon eyes. That miniature amphibian proudly wears a diamond-encrusted crown.

Zadora Scorpion Timepiece is patinated with 18kt white gold and micro pave set with grey and white diamonds. Scorpion has ruby eyes and rubellite stinger crouches on a guilloche top.

Zadora Poppy Flower Timepiece is executed in platinum and palladium 18kt white gold. The flower is meticulously pave set with pink and white diamonds, rubies, and pink sapphires, giving an ombré effect to its voluptuous petals with its pistils minutely textured in black patina on platinum.

"If you flip the dial on its side, you have a whole platform to paint and sculpt on", says Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof. Everything in this world is just a matter of perspective, isn't it? The only catch is to get an idea.

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