In watchmaking, much is made of the tiny flaws seen in the most haute of horlogerie. These marks are prized as being evidence that each miniscule part has been worked on by hand; like seeing God in an atom. The hand of the jeweller is evident in every piece Anaïs Rheiner makes; literally in some cases as Rheiner has been known to leave her fingerprints on the metal to add a unique sensuality to her creations. Having graduated with a degree in jewellery design and manufacture at the University of Technology in Durban, Rheiner opened her boutique in Paris, a short walk from the famous Café de Flore, where, in the 1960s, the likes of Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir argued about existentialism. There is nothing so nihilistic about Rheiner’s jewellery. Inspired by the wonders of nature, particularly the lush gardens of Zimbabwe, where she grew up, Rheiner’s Paris-made jewellery evokes a delicate, fairy-like world; one full of poetry and passion.
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