Great respect for nature. A philosophy we can rarely find in big enterprises and companies. Humans as we are, we care so much for what is modern and advanced, tending to forget to value and appreciate nature. We never realized that the most beautiful things in the world come in natural forms. John Hardy takes this challenge and created his jewelry inspired by nature. For him, nature is not expensive, it is priceless.
John Hardy jewelry is known for its designs in sterling silver and other precious and semi-precious gemstones and for using traditional Balinese jewelry-making techniques and patterns to create modern pieces.
It all started in 1975, John Hardy jewelry was established by Canadian designer and artist, John Hardy. He went to Bali in the mid-1970s and he was attracted to the island's jewelry-making traditions and ignited his interest. He began learning the techniques of the local artisans then developed his first pieces by applying new design concepts to traditional Balinese techniques.
In 1996, the John Hardy compound was built in Mumbal, Bali and is the company production center where the jewelry is created. It also serves as a living and gathering space with an organic farm and low impact buildings. In 1999, Guy Bedarida, a senior designer of haute joaillerie of the Place Vendôme, joined the company as Head Designer and expanded Hardy’s design concepts to include the use of classical European jewelry techniques and new motifs inspired by nature and ancient East Asian art styles and themes.
The time and efforts were paid off when a rare John Hardy’s breathtaking collection was completed: Cinta. Cinta means “love” and is the rarest collection of haute joaillerei. This includes the Singhasari Naga Majesty, a cuff of 18 karat gold featuring a Rubellite center stone framed by two Nagas set with pink Sapphires and Diamonds. The Naga is the cosmic dragon, bringer of love, prosperity and protection. Singhasari was a 13th century Hindu kingdom in Java. Rubellite was treasured by the last Dowager Empress of China, who was laid to rest on a pillow carved of this beautiful gemstone and the Sanjaya,
Earrings of 18 karat gold featuring Citrines and orange Sapphires. The Citrine is said to promote positive energy, courage, and discipline. It is associated with the Sun and its ability to bring warmth and happiness. The Sanjaya dynasty ruled central Java from the 8th to the 10th centuries and built monumental Hindu temples.
The Cinta collection also includes Soka, Sighasari Tangi, Naga Harmony, Savu Sorcery, Storm Pelangi, Naga Wiram Wilis, Naga Tangi, Savu Water Lily, Savu Purple Orchid and many more.
Through the years, the company has observed its four core values: Authenticity, Transparency, Accountability and Diversity. Authenticity, to offer only original and authentic jewelry shaped with the finest materials possible to their loyal clientele. Transparency, to continue on their endeavor to be an environment friendly company without any hidden agenda jewelry line. Accountability, that they will be responsible for any consequence and answer for any misconduct of their employees and warrants all of their wearers of the quality and standards of its pieces and lastly, Diversity, that they will continue to provide wide selection of pieces where wearers and collectors can enjoy and choose from.
John Hardy’s good intentions towards nature has been rewarded that in 2007, John Hardy president and currently company CEO, Damien Dernoncourt with Head Designer and Creative Director, Bedarida, purchased the company from Hardy. That same year the company headquarters was moved to Hong Kong and a satellite office was opened in New York. In 2010, the company opened its first flagship store in Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta. In 2011, it opened its first men’s and lifestyle store at The Landmark, Hong Kong.
Since then, John Hardy’s legacy of environment friendly luxury has always been the commitment and driving force of the company. John Hardy envisions itself to be recognized as a leading brand in luxury handmade jewelry and lifestyle accessories inspired by the essence of the earth; A green company with an endless journey of becoming greener every day.
The combination of nature, art, culture and tradition result to a John Hardy piece: exquisite, exotic and elegant. "John Hardy is a luxury brand of handmade designer jewelry that reflects a synergy of designer and artisan to create objects of beauty in an environment of respect for people and for the natural world," says Damien Dernoncourt, CEO for John Hardy. To own a John Hardy piece is to own the best of worlds.
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