Looking for something special this Valentine’s day? A litle naughty but still luxe? Well, Betony Vernon’s erotic collection may be just the thing…
Betony Vernon, an American based in Paris, creates jewelry that double as instruments of sexual pleasure.
Tall, often dressed in tight black clothing that complements her red hair she cuts a striking, even imposing, figure. She is well known in the world of fashion and you might bump into her in some of paris trendiest venues.
Although she is an appraised jewellery designer and she has designed for several brands, including Missoni, Gianfranco Ferré, Alexander Wang and Fornasetti, her reputation comes from those of her products that are of sexual fantasy.
In 1992 when Vernon launched a jewelry collection called Sado-Chic, she knew she hit a nerve. The sexually charged collection was based on pieces that connect to each other. The emotional and physical connection of lovers was now manifested in silver rings and chains.
“The idea of actually wearing something together, that connects us together, fascinated me” tells Vernon.
We live in a look-but-don’t-touch culture where runaway narcissism fueled by Instagram is becoming an end in itself, an ersatz eroticism with no negative downside – you can only like something.
“I think that sex is no longer the taboo. But intimacy, pleasure itself, and love are,” says Vernon. “We are afraid to become connected to people. I am teaching lovers to slow it down, and build more intimate relationships.”
In 2001 Vernon decided to push further and created a new collection, “Paradise Found.” The precious silver objects are also sexual tools. But more than simple golden bondage accessories, she creates rings that can give you a massage or use feathers to tickle. They are playful and just the right degree of scandalizing, but also elegant and chic.
The retailers, however, were not so keen. “I lost about 21 clients that season. They asked, ‘What are you doing? This is so kinky, we didn’t know you were into S&M.’ And I thought, ‘I never considered myself, or put myself in that box.’ And so I realized that I have a lot of work to do beyond my design studio and my jewellery creation.”
Vernon began writing a book : “The Boudoir Bible” was published by Rizzoli in 2013. Just like the jewellery, the book is a bridge to Vernon’s own life.
But a book is also a vehicle for sharing your thoughts, for explaining yourself to the world.
For Vernon, the essential thing is connection through intimacy. It’s a refreshing thought in the world where men and women are taught to be enemies.
Vernon views sex as a way of getting to know each other, perhaps the ultimate way, and that’s what her jewellery is about.
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