Here is a link to a lovely blog post about Gia Belloni jewellery, featured at the SnowPR AW13 press day. The blog is by Annie Million and is well worth perusing for it’s cool content! (I spent a good deal of time NOT getting on with what I should while losing time meandering around Annie’s blog!) Also a peek at the cool Belgian chocci bumblebee I used in the press packs, which has won the great taste gold award 4 years on the trot! (deservedly) xxx
In all my research about Bees for the ‘Colony’ collection, I discovered some amazing and fascinating facts and mythologies surrounding these industrious little creatures, none more so than the recent news about BEE VENOM. Read on for what, I think you’ll agree, is absolutely amazing information!
Medical studies have shown that Bee venom can destroy the HIV virus and quite possibly other viruses and tumors as well.
Melittin destroys some viruses and malignant tumor cells.
Melittin is a powerful toxin found in bee venom. It can poke holes in the protective viral envelope that surrounds the human immunodeficiency virus, as well as other viruses.
Dr Hood, who has co-authored the study which has appeared in journal antiviral therapy said,
“We are attacking a physical property of the virus. Theoretically, there isn’t any way for the virus to adapt to that.”
Senior author, Samuel A. Wickline, MD, the J. Russell Hornsby Professor of Biomedical Sciences, has demonstrated that nanoparticles loaded with melittin have anti-cancer properties and have the capacity to kill tumor cells and the HIV virus. Linking bee venom with anticancer therapies is not new apparently, in 2004 Croatian scientists reported in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture that honey-bee products, including venom, could well have applications in cancer treatments and prevention.
For two articles on this amazing discovery, the 1st regarding Bee venom targeting cancer cells and the other an article about Bee venom treating the HIV virus and potentially other viruses too….
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I’ve had quite a few people asking me about this piece, so have decided to give some insight into its conception. The full name, which has had to be abbreviated for the sake of practicality, is “Vision of the compound eye“.
The Colony collection has very obvious ties to the fascinating world of bees and where most other pieces are recognizable alongside each other, this piece stands slightly to one side. It IS connected though, perhaps not visually an obvious connection, you’ll see that it is a relevant connection. Bees have the compound eye that some may have seen detailed in the wonderful macro photography now possible (if you haven’t, see the below image of a bumble bee peeper).
If a single bee is eyeing you up, you will have a couple hundred eyes starting at you! Bees can see ultraviolet light that the human eye cannot see. The ultraviolet light uncovers colours and patterns in flowers that attract the bee to its source of pollen and nectar. The facts of compound eyes and bees is fascinating, but being a designer, you get creative licence to let your mind wander off into all sorts of ideas and thoughts that are triggered by uncovering such rich information & imagery!
I started thinking about the (theoretical) possibility of harnessing compound eye DNA and creating lenses that let you “see” things…. all sorts of things (so here is where I start to get a bit privately flouncy)…. Imagine “seeing” the intentions in people, or bodily health, or having night vision or ‘slo-mo’ vision. If body attachments could be created in the future that bond with you to imbue certain enhancements, like cosmetic surgery for abilities (before any scientific minds pull me right up on this, I KNOW it’s not feasible, hence the pre-warning of “artistic license”!). These are some of the thoughts that led to the development of this piece (and other pieces actually, but they are on standby).
So the ‘Vision‘ pendant is like an iris, with lashes and a compound pupil. I would like to do this in other colour’s too – green eyes, the much coveted violet eyes, grey eyes, golden eyes, red eyes perhaps. Leave comments on colour’s you might like to see this in!
A little insight, narrowed down, into the spawning of my design process. 🙂
That’s sometimes how it goes. Design development is the time when I am excited and creative about what might come about, when I’m looking forward to getting started and turning it all into actual tangible objects…. It’s why I do what I do….
The design style of Gia Belloni Jewellery is ‘evolving’. Collections do tend to stand together with unity but my way of working is quite expansive, so what is seen in one cohesive collection could differ a lot from the next collection.
Jewelry designer Gia Belloni uses her work to encourage thoughtful contemplation of the natural world. Bees inspired her current collection, Colony. Though bees are often considered a nuisance, Gia finds these industrious little creatures fascinating. “Bees are 70% of the world’s pollinators, meaning if anything happened to them, we would be in trouble,” Gia says. “Our crops, livestock, plant life and so much more would suffer.” Marked by a polished finish and a commitment to creating a collection with meaning, Gia Belloni’s jewelry tells a story.
“Did you know that we owe every 3rd mouthful of food we eat to bees? I find that remarkable”