13 Jun 2024

The Aria Collection: Ann Ziff's Jewelry Inspired by the Opera

The Aria Collection: Ann Ziff's Jewelry Inspired by the Opera

Tamsen Z is proud to present the Aria collection designed by Ann Ziff. As a woman with a deep connection to the opera, Ann Ziff has used her talent as a designer and her position as a philanthropist to marry her passions and give back to the institution she loves. 

 

Ann Ziff and The Met Opera

Ann Ziff is the Chair of the Board of Directors of The Metropolitan Opera, a position that she has held for over 13 years. Her connection to the opera runs deep, and her impact on the institution and its community of artists and musicians is significant. The Metropolitan Opera is the largest classical music organization in the United States and is recognized as one of the most important opera companies in the world.

 

The Inspiration Behind the Aria Collection

ARIA [ÄR-Ē-Ǝ]

opal Aria ring

The name Aria was chosen very deliberately. An Aria is a musical piece that is traditionally performed as a solo by an opera singer. It is typically performed in the first act of an opera and serves as a window into the singer's emotions. As a result, Arias are often the most moving and emotional part of an opera. 

The term "Aria" itself, derived from Italian and rooted in the Latin word "āerem" (meaning air), captures the essence of this collection. Each creation with the signature scale Ann Ziff affectionately designs focuses on a single note floating in an atmosphere of negative space. The Aria collection is designed to reflect upon the singular note that each piece holds. An opening of breath, between two rings of gold comes together at an individual crotchet, echoing that which makes an Aria such a rich and beautiful form.

It is this sentiment that has made Arias the focus of this jewelry collection designed by Ann Ziff. 

 

Opera's Influence on the Designs

ametrine aria ring

The Aria collection is inspired by the beauty of the opera and the women and men who bring the stories to life. The collection of rings is designed to reflect the elegance and sophistication within the opera, with each piece embodying the spirit of the music and the stories that are told on the stage. 

Ann’s connection to the opera runs much deeper than her role as chairman of the Met Opera and her philanthropic contributions. Ziff’s mother, Harriet Henders, was an opera singer in the 1930s and ’40s, and made her U.S. debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1939 in Der Rosenkavalier, by Richard Strauss. 

Her relationship with the art form and its artists has allowed her to create jewelry pieces that are each inspired by their stories and their experiences, and that ultimately, translate their emotions into jewelry in a way that no other jewelry designer can. 

 

Unique Features of Ann Ziff Metropolitan Opera Pieces

Each Creation Focuses on a Single Note

The term "Aria" itself, derived from Italian and rooted in the Latin word "āerem" (meaning air), captures the essence of these musical pieces. Each creation with the signature scale Ann Ziff affectionately designs focuses on a single note floating in an atmosphere of negative space. The Aria collection is designed to reflect the music and the stories that make the opera such a rich and beautiful art form.

 

The Aria Collection Rings

The Aria Collection strategically personifies the individuality of the sound and story each opera singer holds, capturing the essence of their unique performances. Just as each singer brings a distinct voice and narrative to the stage, the Aria Collection encapsulates this diversity through its varied gemstones, simple lines of design and meticulous craftsmanship. The dual-band design uses negative space to create an ethereal, airy feel, reminiscent of the breath control required to deliver a powerful Aria. This thoughtful design element not only enhances the visual appeal but also symbolizes the freedom and lightness of the music itself.

yellow gold aria rings

Each stone in the Aria Collection is carefully sourced from the finest locations around the world, ensuring the highest quality and most vibrant colors. Expert artisans, including Atelier Tom Munsteiner, then cut and polish each stone to perfection, reflecting the individuality and precision of each musical note in an Aria. The collection features an array of stunning gemstones, each chosen for its unique beauty and character. Whether electric opal, cool blue aquamarine, playful amethyst, or the rainbow of tourmaline, Aria hits all the high notes.

 

Conclusion

The Aria collection is a beautiful reflection of Ann Ziff’s love for the opera and her dedication to supporting the Metropolitan Opera. As the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Met, her impact on the institution and its community of artists and musicians is significant. The Aria collection was inspired by her love of the opera and her eternal connection to the art form. Each piece in the collection is designed to reflect the beauty of the opera and the stories that are told on the stage, making it the perfect way to pay tribute to the art form.

At Tamsen Z, we are honored to present the Aria collection designed by Ann Ziff. Shop our selection today.

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