18ct Yellow Gold, Orange Sapphires
‘BID FOR FREEDOM’ HEAVY SHACKLE BANGLE
One of Hannah’s most iconic pieces of jewellery architecture, this 18 carat yellow gold bangle is a true statement piece of subversive luxury.
Designed in tribute to the untamed, sea-faring characters that inspired this collection, Hannah hand-carved this shape to give it it’s natural, curvaceous form.
The bangle is opened by the screw mechanism of the bar across the top. Rich amber-coloured orange sapphires give the bangle a subtle flash of colour.
Unashamedly weighty, this collector’s piece gives a sense of strength and power to whoever chooses to wear it.
Edition of 15
2 in stock
18 Carat Yellow Gold with Orange Sapphires.
This bangle is made from 77 grams of 18 carat yellow gold and has approximately 1.3 carats of orange sapphires (64 stones in total). This piece is hand made and set in London.
Bangle (maximum outside measurements): 78mm, x 65mm x 10mm
Bangle (maximum inside measurements): width 65mm, height 50mm
Screw: 51mm length, 12mm diameter
Ring detail: 11m x 9mm
This bangle is one of my icon pieces of ‘Aguila Dorada’, a real favourite, and it is one of the really key designs in this collection.
The collection itself, ‘The Forgotten Treasures of the Infamous Aguila Dorada’ to give it its full name, draws on the idea of a wild and untamed sea-faring character. A figure who has seen the world, sailed the seven seas and returned with chilling tales to tell, and deep dark secrets to keep. A piratical character – rugged and untameable, but passionate and ultimately seductive.
As part of my early research I spent hours in the British Museum sketching ancient treasure hoards and piratical duelling pistols. I referenced ships and galleons, as well as looking to the work of photographers such as Mark Borthwick, Sam Haskins and Bruce Weber. Whilst visiting a tiny Chandlery in a back street of Central London I came across a wealth of shackles and ropes and all things boat–based. I became fascinated.
I loved the connotations of the shackles – not only were they a functioning element of a ship, but they had the undertones of restraint and restriction. There was something very appealing in this double meaning. I imagined a beautifully formed golden shackle, left hanging on a wrist as if a recent escape had just been made.
I worked with the forms of the shackle to create volume, and incorporate the sensual, seductive lines of the sculptural forms I wanted the collection to have.
The detail on the shackle bangle was important to me – I didn't want this just to feel like a bangle, I wanted the connotations of the shackle itself to be clear, hence working in the ring detail at the base. The suggestion that this elegant piece of jewellery may have other uses, or have had other uses, underpins the design, and for me gives it a thrilling edge.