Masterful jewelers and goldsmiths have crafted an exquisitely luxurious collection with Silhouette Atelier.
The fashion show in late 2016 to introduce Silhouette Atelier, the company’s latest and highest-end ophthalmic collection fashioned from 18-karat yellow, white and rose gold and set with gleaming diamonds, rubies and sapphires, wowed onlookers. Displayed on models and in glass cases, Atelier’s “jewelry for the face” reflected a new level of elegance for the Austria-based company.
Described by Silhouette as a mix of Jugendstil, an Austrian era in which refined objects were treasured, Atelier offers 10 styles for both women and men and can be customized with any existing Silhouette lens shape. Options for varying temple lengths and nosebridges are also available. There are four subcategories: Titanium Meets Gold (four models for men); Solid Gold, Basic (two for women, two for men); Solid Gold and Precious Decoration (two for men, two for women) and Haute Joaillerie (one for women), which includes most of the bejeweled styles.
Proving its passion for artisanship, Silhouette added a professional goldsmith and gem setter to its production team in Linz. “Thanks to the wealth of design options, gold color options, hand-set gem stones and customizable lens shapes to suit the wearers face, each pair is a made-to-order piece-one that becomes an integral part of the personality and look of a unique individual,” said Silvia McGinley, manager of Atelier sales and product distribution for the U.S.
Women’s models in the Haute Joaillerie family this season focus on the theme of “Art de Fleur” and pay tribute to connoisseurs of the extraordinary with precious rubies, blue or pink cabochon-cut sapphires bordered by hand-selected diamonds.
Eyecare professionals have been taken with the noble materials manufactured with maximum precision and perfection, McGinley noted, adding that fashion-forward rose gold has been embraced by both women and men. For the manufacturer that has always viewed eyewear as an accessory, Silhouette Atelier takes this notion one sparkling step further, according to Roland Keplinger, chief designer: “We treat glasses like the gems they are.”