Mania Zamani is ‘the’ new name of Fine Jewelry. She’s from Iran but New York based and I met her during a lovely dinner in Milan. Great to meet her and to discover her amazing passion for jewels. Jewels coming out from Iranian motifs and crafted with a precise will to make something new. This interview explores Mania’s creative mind and the deep relationship with her native Country.
What is the main inspiration of this collection and when it will be officially launched?
Mania: I have always been greatly influenced by architecture. The main inspiration of Unity collection comes from the shape Hexagon which had been used in Islamic-Iranian architecture and also in different cultures around the world. We saw that in the ancient world certain numbers had symbolic meaning, aside from their ordinary use for counting or calculating. For example in Islamic design the triangle is the intelligent human being. The six sides of hexagon are directions: forward, backward, right, left, up and down but also reflects the six virtues: generosity, self-discipline, patience, determination, insight and compassion. Having a meaning behind the design is important for me. There is a really famous Iranian artist called Monir Farmanfarmaian who works with geometric shapes and cut mirrors in a modern way. Her work and the use of the shinny mirrors inspired me a lot. That’s why I used white diamonds in this collection to reflect the shine of the mirror. Also with the hexagon form you can create infinite variations which give me freedom of design. I hope to launch my collection by March.
Any favorite piece in your coffrêt à bijoux?
Mania: The first ring that I designed which is the triple row diamond ring. I developped the rest of the collection from that ring.
I noticed that there are a selected number of young designers coming from Iran. Can you explain to me if there’s a reason of such a growth in Fine Jewelry?
Mania: In Iran, jewelry has a symbolic meaning. We have a strong culture of giving and receiving gold and jewelry. When a baby is born, family and friends will give the mother and the child piece of jewelry and that continues for every birthday. Also as a wedding gifts you give jewelry to the bride. The thing is you wear and enjoy the jewelry and pass them to your children and so on. I think that’s one of the reason that so many young Iranian designers are interested in working in this field. It’s a cultural matter, like in India.
Text by Federica Frosini
February 12th, 2015