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Thank You, Simone

On Attention and Jewelry



“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity” has always been one of my favorite quotes. Lately it made me meditate on the topic of attention in the context of jewelry. I found out that the author of these words, the French philosopher, mystic, and activist Simone Weil (1909–1943), saw attention as a way to deal with human suffering. This photo essay is framed as a letter to Simone Weil, whose words I love and hopelessly misinterpreted.



  • Saskia van Es

    Art historian Saskia van Es (Amsterdam, 1972) writes about contemporary jewelry for Dutch and international platforms. Her fascination: jewelry materials and the tension between their mythical and harmful sides. Saskia teaches jewelry history and theory at Sint Lucas Antwerpen, Belgium. She was a member of the board of the Françoise van den Bosch Foundation.

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