NINA RUNSDORF LAUNCHES THE TREE OF LIFE COLLECTION
While the jewelers’ ateliers were closed during the Spring lockdown, Nina Runsdorf had already started on a new collection.
The designer had been presented a box of fossilised tree opals by a dealer earlier in the year and she just fell in love with these completely unique and rare stones. Runsdorf chose them as anchor of her new collection.
The 15-million-year-old fossilized Indonesian wood creates opals that are evocative of land or sky scapes. Light to dark turquoise meet with stripes of rich browns. Runsdorf wrapped these stones with brown and cognac diamonds, white diamonds, rough diamonds, and Paraiba tourmalines. She also added Yawah and Boulder opals and icy diamonds and set the entire collection in rose gold to bring out the richness of the browns and compliment the turquoises.
The wonderful gems at the heart of Tree of Life are Petrified Wood, a form of fossil also called Mineralized wood. In essence, it is wood turned into stones, all organic materials replaced by minerals. Ground water deposits these minerals where the lignin and cellulose fall away as a result of the decay process.
Trees, roots, family life take on an extra meaning with the designer’s new secondary logo, designed in collaboration with her daughter Alexa Runsdorf.