Jewelry designers often get their inspiration from unexpected places and the sisters behind DANNIJO are no exception. After picking up boxing a year ago, Jodie and Danielle Snyder used the rough-and-tumble sport as a jumping off point for DANNIJO's Fall/Winter 2014 collection. The collection, called #BOXERINA, was inspired by the edgy aesthetic of boxing and the polished ease of ballet.
"The collection hinges on this notion of soft yet tough and bold yet elegant," the Snyder sisters told The Cut. The breathtaking results are full of heavy colored stones, strong pearl accents, weighty chains. To promote the new collection, DANNIJO teamed up with American Ballet Theater and sports photographer Neil Leifer to create a stunning video, which features the dancers (who are real live ballet dancers — Free People, take note) performing elegant choreography from inside a boxing ring while wearing the new line.
As a former dancer, I found the ballet/boxing comparison especially powerful and while you wouldn't detect the inspiration just by looking at the pieces from #BOXERINA, the dynamic energy of both sports (yes, I'm calling dance a sport, come at me) is apparent. Take the "Emma" necklace, pictured below, described on the website as "What boxing and ballet would look like if the hybrid sport were a necklace."
The top layers of Swarovski crystals recall the elaborately decorated bodice of a ballet costume, while the chains and sharp stones beneath are more reminiscent of what you might see at a boxing ring. Lovely. And $895, I must note. Here are some other highlights from #BOXERINA. They just might inspire you to get your own punching bag or pointe shoes.
1. Dorie Hand Chain
2. Ellery Ear Cuff
3. Nicola Ring