𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶 - Rumi It was these words from the mystic sufist poet that triggered this imagery when one night while sketching designs for the Journey collection - without conscious thought, I drew the planet inside the overflowing mouth of an opened clamshell. Unknowing then that the scallop is an age-old symbol of pilgrimage, perfectly suited to the collection's themes.
At the journey's end, the clamshell flings open wide its jaws - and from it's flowing core where the waters of creativity are loosed, a planet-pearl begins to crack. It encompasses in itself the mood I want to achieve with Journey, the waters at the tributary of new and old symbolism, part-alchemy, part-2020.
The focal piece is made in the painstaking technique of cloisonné, where wires are delicately bent to my original designs then filled with thin layers or powdered glass that is kiln-fired. The resulting human-made gemstone glints and catches the light with great depth and brilliance, really glittering. (For more about cloisonné, check out this link where I walk you through the process in an IGTV).
This piece is an entirely unique piece of art jewelry and a collector's item, and comes signed and dated at the back.
All handmade jewelry is delicate. Though by no means as fragile as some stones, vitreous enamels can break or chip if mishandled. No drops, shocks, tugs or chemicals - and it will last to be buried with you inside your pyramid.
Pandemic edit: I am happy to say the pandemic will be no impediment to this piece reaching you fast and safe. It ships by courier to select countries. Transit time is incredibly around 3 working days (add on a day if you're in Oz). If you don't see your country listed in the shipping options, contact me.