Alchemy is an ancient branch of natural philosophy handed down through the centuries from Egypt and Arabia to Greece and Rome, and finally too western and central Europe. The word is derived from the Arabian phrase "al-kimia," which refers to the preparation of Elixir by the Egyptians. The Arabic root "kimia" alluded to the fertile black soil of the Nile delta. Esoterically and hieroglyphically, the word refers to the dark mystery of the primordial or First Matter (the Khem).
While the art of Alchemy is known to have been intrigued by the transmutation of metals into gold, the core objective of alchemy was the art of spiritual transformation and liberation through ‘gnosis’ or the so-called Philosopher’s Stone. The art of alchemy is ultimately concerned with inner transformation and change. It is an insight into humanity’s divine nature, free from the constraints of its’ earthly existence. Existing in “pure being,” or soulful awareness is the ultimate state of transformation — the gold — of spiritual alchemy. To the medieval alchemist's mind the different elements were but the same original substance in varying degrees of purity. Gold was the purest of all and symbolised the highest development in nature, personifying human renewal and regeneration.
In the Alchemie collection, the symbols of alchemical elements are portrayed in a dern and timeless design, encapsulating the unlimited inner force of the spiritual self who is free from limiting belief systems, fears and cultural / social stereotypes.