Weaving fringe out of precious metal is no easy feat but if
there’s one artist who’s mastered the task, it’s Simon
Alcantara. The jeweler, who has collaborated with fashion houses such as
Oscar De la Renta, J. Mendel and Balmain, says the trick lies in
patience and time. (Just think how tangled those strands can get!) While
his stringy delights are stunning, Alcantara is still best known for
mixing precious materials with natural ones like bone, exotic woods and
leather to create sensual, tribal-like pieces. On a recent visit to his
New York studio, I tried on a fringe bracelet from his Cosmic Samurai
collection and, honestly, it was hard to part with.
From top: Simon Alcantara’s hand-woven sterling silver bracelet,
$2,060, and collar, $2,225, simon-alcantara.com.The W Editors' Blog is going on a "Treasure Hunt" for May. We're searching out the latest and greatest baubles, watches, jewelry designers and boutiques and will present one a day to you throughout the month.