Pixelated Jewels have flown the game console to conquer our hearts
By Ase Anderson
These pixelated jewels may remind those of us with Minecraft-obsessed kids of the cult video game’s retro-inspired graphics, but they are definitely not just for gaming geeks.
The pixilation, or 8-bit imagery, used in old-school video and arcade games has inspired designers to create textured fine jewellery that combine retro chic with thoroughly modern luxury.
In the Pixel Heart collection, Francesca Grima has taken the angular pixels and moulded them into the most romantic symbol of all. Featuring princess-cut gemstones and tiny gold squares, these versatile necklaces come with a gold chain that can be adjusted to three different lengths.
The London-based jeweller says: “When I designed Pixel Hearts, I wanted to take an object that is usually perceived as smooth, feminine and romantic and give it some posture. The result is a shape that retains its symbolism but has a degree of attitude.” Referencing 1970s video arcade games, her Pixel collection also includes stackable rings in white gold, blackened gold and diamonds.