LALIQUE announced a new edition of the iconic Epis ring to be sold exclusively at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store in celebration of the upcoming exhibition, Jewelry: The Body Transformed. Opening November 12, 2018, at The Met Fifth Avenue, this dazzling exhibition will feature some 230 items—headdresses and ear ornaments, brooches and belts, necklaces and rings from antiquity to the present day along with sculptures, paintings, prints, and photographs—that will enrich and amplify the many stories of transformation that jewelry tells. Included in this exquisite array of historical objects are a pendant, brooch, necklace, lorgnette and chain created by René Lalique. The Epis ring draws inspiration from a 1931 hand-engraved ring depicting two ears of wheat by René Lalique in The Met collection. This sapphire blue crystal ring with the Epis motif is hand engraved by Lalique artisans and can be found only at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Store. In addition to the Epis ring, icons from the LALIQUE line including cabochon rings in cap ferrat, red and amber crystal as well as select items from LALIQUE’s Hirondelles and Muguet jewelry collections will be offered for sale. The complete collection will be available for purchase at The Met Fifth Avenue, online at store.metmuseum.org beginning today.
Founded in 1888, Lalique is more than the Master of crystal. René Lalique, renowned as the inventor of modern jewellery, then became Master in the art of glassmaking. Over time, his name has become the powerful symbol of a unique expertise, a synonym for luxury, excellence, creativity and an immediately recognizable style. Lalique earned his title, Sculpteur de Lumière, from the richly sculptural craftsmanship and dramatic contrasts between clear and frosted finishes that define his work.
Today, Lalique has reinvented the creative, eclectic world of its founder with its contemporary work in five areas: jewellery, decorative items, interior design, perfumes, art and hospitality. The company enters into exclusive collaborations with other luxury brands, artists and designers to create stunning objects and collections based on both partners’ know-how and expertise. The crystal pieces are produced in France at the Lalique factory in Alsace at the unique Lalique manufactory, opened in 1921. Lalique continues to thrive as a truly timeless lifestyle brand.
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