Mathematical Jewelry
Part 2 of 2

I never cease to be amazed by the sources of inspiration jewelry designers come up with. Marc Newson created this drop dead gorgeous one of a kind diamond and sapphire design for Boucheron, the luxury jeweler. This is pave jewelry at its finest - 2,000 stones which took the craftspeople 1,500 hours to complete.

He is obsessed with fractals - these are geometric shapes which incorporate smaller and identical copies of the main shape in the pattern. He was specifically inspired by the Julia set, a fractal whose formula was created by the French mathematician Gaston Julia (1893-1978).

I can't even begin to understand the math behind fractals but they are really lovely to behold when rendered in a way we can all appreciate. Indeed it is easy to see why fractals have inspired other artists too. You can see more fractal pictures here and here and perhaps be inspired yourself.

Below is a Julia set fractal which probably inspired Newson.


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