SETTINGS & FINDINGS N.4 WITH VIVIANA LANGHOFF - ADORNMENT & THEORY
Adornment & Theory
Owner of Adornment and Theory, Viviana Langhoff not only keeps the wheels spinning for other artists but somehow balances this with making regular collections and custom one of a kind creations. Her care and concern doesn't stop at the door of her business as she applies a model of generosity and creativity to all aspects of life. Making it necessary to have a split feature of Adornment and Theory and Vivianas own making work in an attempt to add some more facets to this setting.
Setting and Finding:
Viviana Langhoff’s work is centered around the idea of heirloom. Creating one-of-kind settings that can be cherished for generations, from materials both old and new. History, family, and storytelling are all often focused around objects; Viviana wants to design, craft, and make that heritage beautiful. Finding inspiration in history, travel, and functionality, her pieces integrate unexpected hues and intricate metalwork, making modern the shapes, stories, and glamour of past generations. Borrowing from the world of fine art, cultural adornment, and design, her custom work appeals to the expressive and open-minded individual — those who value individuality, creative collaboration, and are unafraid to stand out.
Viviana Langhoff - VL Collection
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VL1 “The Maria Ring - This 14K gold ring is named for Dior's first female creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, features a stunning large baguette citrine center stone surrounded by a diamond halo.”
VL2 “The Marchesa Ring - Made of 14K rose gold with a pear shaped aquamarine center stone and diamond halo. This piece is named after Luisa Marchesa Casati, an Italian heiress, muse, and patroness of the arts in early 20th-century Europe.”
VL3 “Behind the scenes - Every ring in the VL Collection features a responsibly sourced + fair trade gem hand selected by Viviana. Photo by Melody Joy Co.”
VL4 “The Viviana Ring - Named after Viviana Langhoff herself, and inspired by the metal work of the Belle Epoch, this intricately detailed ring features a gorgeous one-of-a-kind Salt + Pepper diamond center stone set in 14k yellow gold with sparkling diamond accents.”
VL5 ”The Viviana Ring + The Marchesa Ring”
VL6 “The Beyonce Ring - The name says it all! This gasp-worthy 14k white gold ring features an incredible grey spinel center stone accentuated by a double halo of diamonds.”
VL7 “The Signature Solitaire - Showcasing Viviana's signature style, this elevated Moroccan-inspired 14k yellow gold band features a fair trade grey spinel center stone and melee set diamonds.”
VL8 “Sparkling diamond bands to elevate any ring stack.”
Adornment and Theory
"Its near impossible to put Adornment and Theory into a single category. This is why it is easy for this space to keep me charmed. A hybrid space that takes all the labels stuck on jewelry rips them off and puts things next to each other that are little often seen in such a setting. Fine gold and gems next to wood and plastic with none of the pretensions and all the hospitality. Adornment and Theory proposes a model with a sharp focus on representation and equity with little fear of discussing financial stability for the makers and employees that are within. It is easy to see when you are there why some people come in just for the hugs and laughter." ml
Setting and Finding:
Setting a table
I set my tables with care and love. Placing each element in such a way that whomever I invite feels welcomed, seen, and valued.
With care and curation, I set tone.
A tone of dignity. A tone of strength. A tone that cast a new vision
My table is set with my personal best. My best is not reserved for special occasions, being alive is occasion enough. I bring myself fully to those I invite in. I am present. I am attentive.
The table of our studio is abundant and prepared for fruitful discussions on equity, humanity, aesthetics, and the human propensity towards adornment. I create new seats at our table. Diversity is a given, equity is the goal. Belonging is the end point.
Adornment and Theory is setting a scene NOT for a far-off future but for a better world/business/ and practice that we want to see in our present reality.
An evolution of an ancient art form. Connection points on the precipice of change.Embracing the disruption, I am finding my voice, and the voice of others historically silenced. Traveling finding new artists. Being invited into lives and homes. Intimate tables set
I am finding humanity, creative gifts of manifestation, and the resilience of the human spirit.
I am finding opportunities to grow, be better than I was yesterday discover new work that delights and inspires…and to bring all of these finding to my vocation.
“Adornment and Theory is an independent jewelry store that specializes in artist and designer jewelry. Our studio showcases unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry that pushes accessory design into wearable art. We are passionate about representing emerging artists and brands who are crafting the future of functional art and design by offering wearable art from artists around the world, and custom jewelry from shop owner Viviana Langhoff. We are proud to represent over 40 women-identifying artists in our jewel box, amplifying women of color. Cultivating an environment that is welcoming to all, that’s simultaneously unique, beautiful, and accessible.
Adornment and Theory
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AT1 “22k Gold Plated Beetle Wing Earrings handmade by Chicago designer Alicia Goodwin. Made of actual beetle wings, these beauties are truly a dramatic and breathtaking piece to own and wear.”
AT2 “The Crystal Waters Tourmaline Band by local Chicago designer Jenni Dowie. Featuring a mesmerizing bi-color tourmaline center stone with diamond accents, this ring was inspired by Jenni’s homeland of Scotland and the crystal waters that surround the mountains.”
AT3 “A one-of-a-kind design by Adornment + Theory shop owner and designer, Viviana Langhoff. Named the Tapered Baguette Sunrise Necklace, this delicate vintage inspired necklace features beautifully detailed metalwork and a sparkling baguette diamond.”
AT4 “One-of-a-kind, perfectly imperfectly matched tourmaline earrings, by designer Jeanette Park. These natural beauties feature large oval pink and brown tourmaline stones with black diamond and rhodolite garnet accents. Turning away from trend-driven looks, Jeanette makes distinctive jewelry with gems in bright pops of color, set in metal with just the right amount of edge.”
AT5 “The open weave pendant by Laura Wood. Laura designs sculptural, contemporary jewelry that is incredibly lightweight and the definition of wearable art. Photo by Melody Joy Co.”
AT6 “The Viviana Ring by A+T owner and designer Viviana Langhoff, paired with two diamond stacking bands by Chicago designer Jenni Dowie.”
AT7 “Who says you have to choose just one?! We love to mix, match, and stack all our favorite rings for a unique one-of-a-kind look. This stack features rings by Viviana Langhoff, Jenni Dowie, and Misa Hamamoto. Photo by Melody Joy Co.”
AT8 “Contemporary statement, balanced with timeless style. Geometric circle necklaces by designer Vanessa Gade.”
AT9 “Views from our Logan Square Chicago jewel box. Photo by Melody Joy Co.”
AT10 “It’s all in the details. Hand painted art deco arc by shop owner Viviana langhoff. Photo by Melody Joy Co.”
AT11 “We love the light in our Logan Square jewel box. Photo by Melody Joy Co.”
AT12 “Custom consults + stone viewings at the jewel box. Photo by Melody Joy Co.”