This spring, Selim Mouzannar is launching his much anticipated new Hydra Collection. Inspired by the Greek mythical island, and its surrounding turquoise waters, the Hydra Collection reflects the eternal beauty of nature.
The exquisite combination of apatite and diamonds, with each stone catching the light in a different way, capturing the splendour of the water at the very heart of this collection. However, the symbolism does not end with the choice of precious stones.
Double-sided, reversible rose gold necklace with apatite and diamonds
As ever, Selim has encased his designs in rose gold, with the chains of the pendants resembling ropes at work in the sea. Through the softly finished, curved edges, with irregular shapes and stone settings, Selim has evoked unique, ever-changing nature of the sea, which inspired this collection.
With reversible features, Selim depicts the ‘hidden depths’ of the mythical seas, with simple, minimalist apatite designs on one side, turning to reveal more delicate diamond combinations on the other.
Double-sided, reversible rose gold and pink sapphire ring with diamonds
The Hydra Collection, through its subtle features, alludes to the never-ending mystery of the deep blue sea. We caught up with Selim Mouzannar to find out more about this beautiful new collection.
This is not the first time you have looked to nature in creating your designs. What is it about nature that you find so inspiring?
Nature is everywhere. It is the soul of every life. The sea and ocean cover more than two thirds of the planet. They are a huge source of inspiration; the freshness of drops of water on the skin, the crystal blue of the Aegean Sea, the random forms of the pebbles below the turquoise sea, the chill of the sea on a summer’s morning.
Double-sided, reversible rose gold ring with apatite and diamonds.
What was the process in creating these designs?
The idea came first. I designed the collection and chose the materials in my head before starting the physical process.
This collection is really different from everything you have done before. The rose gold features much more prominently; why the change of style?
It is my message at this moment, in this place and in these colours. I can’t be trapped in certain methods or designs. I always follow my soul.
This collection feels more minimalistic than your previous designs…
This is a new message, which we’re exploring with new stones and techniques.
Did you have a muse for this collection?
Hera, the wife of Zeus.
What is next for Selim Mouzannar?
Plenty of work, with a strong new message.
The Hydra Collection has been featured in Libération.