Where Jewelry Meets (HE)ART

Heart Evangelista turns her paintings into wearable art in latest jewelry collaboration with Royal Gem

When you think of Love Marie Ongpauco-Escudero’s (also known as Heart Evangelista) style, what springs to mind? Immaculate white suits and dresses? Cuffed jeans worn with Louboutins and a Birkin? Show-stopping couture moments? How about her stunning jewelry and accessories?

Chunky sparklers, stacked rings, gilded bangles, statement earrings, and multi-chain necklaces are as much of a wardrobe constant for the actress/artist as the sartorial looks and clothes we’re so familiar with. So it comes to no surprise that in her latest collaboration with Royal Gem she’s, literally, turning jewelry into an art form.

The 2019 Royal Gem x Love Marie Jewelry Collection: The Modern Muse is an intricate expression of the complex but beautiful roles that a woman plays in today’s world. Inspired by the different facets of the modern woman as expressed in paintings from Heart’s 2018 In Full Bloom Collection, each piece tells its own story. Every jewelry design is a masterpiece. These pieces have been carefully selected and naturally handcrafted to come out as one-of-a-kind wearable artworks.

“This is my most personal collaboration with Royal Gem thus far since I’m featuring my actual works of art,” Heart says. “I’ve had my artwork on clothing, lipsticks, and bags but never on jewelry—and you all know how much I love jewelry.”

The Modern Muse collection has two selections: Cameo and Italian Gold. The Cameo pendants feature Heart’s paintings on carefully selected hand-carved Queen Helmet conch shell, making each piece unique. Italian Gold, on the other hand, features artworks set on fine enamel jewelry, outlined with Italian Gold. Pendants from the collection can be used in bracelets or necklaces, and can be worn as is or layered together.

“I feel that the Cameo collection is very unique because the pieces are extremely detailed. So much intricate work was put into creating each Cameo piece. Of course when making the collection, I had to make sure my designs would be timeless because these pieces of jewelry are the kind that you can keep forever,” she adds.

This Royal Gem’s second year to collaborate with Heart. But the idea to collaborate using her artwork came up after Royal Gem’s General Manager Merrill Gaisano-Gothong, attended her 2018 Full Bloom Collection exhibit opening.

“Her aesthetic, vibrant colors, and themes perfectly capture the spirit of Royal Gem’s style. The whole collaboration process was done mostly virtually through casual exchanges between Heart and I for almost half a year. She’s very hands-on with the whole creative process. She personally looks into each piece and makes sure each and every piece is up to her quality and style standards,” Merrill shares. “With this collection, we hope to represent and celebrate with every woman in whichever part of their journey they may be now.”
“What I love most about this collection is that we can all have different interpretations of the paintings and relate to them in our own ways, which makes it all the more sentimental and meaningful,” Heart adds.

As for tips on how to style and wear her new collection, Heart believes there’s no particular way to style jewelry, as long as you feel good wearing it. “I personally love to layer two or three at a time—no matter how big or small the pendant and chain. As long as the chains fall at different lengths, they’d look really good. Overall, you just have to have fun with it! That’s what it’s all about.”

The limited edition 2019 Royal Gem x Love Marie Jewelry Collection: The Modern Muse will be available on www.royalgemjewelry.com and in select Royal Gem stores starting September 17, 2019.


Royal Gem, under Beneluxe Trading Corporation, is located at Alabang Town Center, Market! Market!, Ayala Fairview Terraces, SM Makati, SM East Ortigas U.P. Town Center, Ayala Center in Cebu, Ayala Capitol Central in Bacolod, Ayala Malls Feliz, Marquee Mall in Pampanga, SM Dasmariñas, and The District in Imus.

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