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Meet the Modern Torque

Without realizing it, many of us already have this epic power jewel in our jewelry wardrobe! The “Torque” or “Torc” (Latin torquere for "twist"), essentially is "open" jewelry that can be a necklace, bracelet, upper arm band, ring, or belt. Why is it a power jewel? Look no further than #PowerWoman Boudica (30 - 61 AD), who would have worn metal armbands or neckbands (while fiercely leading the fight against Roman legions). Torques were worn by persons of high rank or chieftains, sometimes made of twisted strands of metal, fitting tight around the neck, arm, or waist, finished in decorative knobs. If there was ever a global jewelry sensation in the ancient world, it would have been the Torque!

Meet the Modern Torque
 

Without realizing it, many of us already have this epic power jewel in our jewelry wardrobe! The “Torque” or “Torc” (Latin torquere for “twist”), essentially is “open” jewelry that can be a necklace, bracelet, upper arm band, ring, or belt. Why is it a power jewel? Look no further than Power Woman Boudica (30 - 61 AD), who would have worn metal armbands or neckbands (while fiercely leading the fight against Roman legions). Torques were worn by persons of high rank or chieftains, sometimes made of twisted strands of metal, fitting tight around the neck, arm, or waist, finished in decorative knobs. If there was ever a global jewelry sensation in the ancient world, it would have been the Torque!

 
 
Dina Kamal Pink Sapphire Ring

DINA KAMAL

A few of our favorite things in one: a Torque ring set with pink sapphires designed by Dina Kamal! Her passion for minimalist, architectural forms is truly a modern take on this iconic jewel.

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Hargreaves Stockholm

HARGREAVES SHOCKHOLM

Torques were the “it” adornment for ancient Romans, Britons, Nordic people and beyond. Archeological evidence dates torques to as early as the pre-Viking Iron Age, which adds to why we are enamored with Hargreaves Stockholm's “Fealty” collection. Jemima's curvy unisex neck torques, arm rings, rings and earrings are inspired by her dynamic Viking heritage. Another reason? Her jewels are made of fairmined or recycled silver so you can wear something beautiful, wearable and as ethically responsible as possible.

DUBINI JEWELLERY

Dubini Jewelry is a beautiful synthesis of things ancient and modern. Through Benedetta's jewels, we can literally wear the same objects our ancestors touched! Using traditional, Italian jewelry making techniques, she incorporates coins from epic civilizations into her modern, feminine aesthetic.

The Roman torque tradition began in 361 BC, following a storied single combat between a Roman soldier and a very large Gaul. The Gaul lost his life and his torque, which the Roman proceeded to always wear, earning him the nickname "Torquatus" (the one who wears a torque). Thereafter, they were worn by distinguished soldiers and elite units. All the more reason for women today to embrace the Modern Torque as an epic Power Jewel!  


KATHARINA KRAUS

Torques also take the form of a bracelet, as Katharina Kraus’s VERTEX arc bangle beautifully demonstrates. Katharina’s work visually references angles of modern architecture and explores the light and reflective qualities of gemstones by contrasting different colors and cuts. She very much believes in the connection between idea, design, maker and material. Each jewel is handmade in limited edition with sustainably and ethically sourced materials. A truly modern torque for modern times!

Suzanne Bellperron Modern Torque

SUZANNE BELPERRON

This Modern Torque is very much a power jewel, created by an epic Power Woman: Suzanne Belperron. I have had the wonderful pleasure of slipping on Belperron's work a few times and the comfort in wearing her designs is immediate - and something you absolutely FEEL. In 1934, the fashion press described her work as “new and barbaric”. One glance at this yellow gold and coral Spiral Torque conveys how timeless and potent her primal beauty is!

Dina Kamal Modern Torque

DINA KAMAL

While the Torque was the “it” jewel for Ancient Mesopotamians, Scythians, Greeks, Romans and Celts, it could not be more relevant for women today! It is an open neck ring that symbolized rank, strength and power. Not only is it an object of empowerment, it rests on the neck in a specific location that shifts posture - and state of mind. Dina Kamal has designed a stunning collection of strong, sensual modern torques that are every bit the Power Jewel they were for our ancestors. 


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