18ct White Gold
DELIRIUM ARC STACK RING WHITE
The most simple piece to be taken from ‘Delirium’ (Series III of ‘The Man Who Knows Everything’), the unique detail of the ‘Arc Stack Ring’ is picked up on closer inspection. The channel that forms the outside of the ring subtly reinforces its sculptural nature, with the point of the ring offering an entirely new dimension to the simple stacking ring.
Followers of Hannah’s design style will note the reference she makes to the ‘Secret Stud Ring’ and ‘Studded Ring’ from her inaugural collection ‘It’s Only Rock N’ Roll’.
Solid 18 Carat White Gold.
This stack ring is made from approximately 2.8 grams of 18 carat gold. This piece was originally created using CAD technology and each ring is hand made in our London workshop.
Widest point of band: 4mm
Narrowest point of band: 2.5mm
‘Delirium’ is the last series in the trilogy that makes up the collection ‘The Man Who Knows Everything’ – a tale about alchemy and mystery, timeless and placeless, a euphoric journey between past and future.
The muse of the collection grew from my fascination with the infamous Comte de St Germain – a man of unknown origin and unknown end. Known only for his seemingly endless life – he appeared throughout history across hundreds of years and in numerous places. Legend has it that he was an alchemist who had discovered the elixir of life. He was lover to the likes of Madame Pompadour, advisor to kings, muse to Pushkin and Voltaire. Always impeccably dressed he was understated apart from the jewels he wore on his hands, his shirt and his shoes.
This collection is my homage to him, and my attempt to construct a world for this powerfully mysterious character should he still be walking the earth today.
‘Delirium’ is the frenzied finale to this tale and it was my intention to create hypnotically monumental pieces of jewellery. I felt these last pieces for The Man Who needed a visual intensity that was intoxicating to whoever wore them.
The Delirium Arc Rings take the essence of this feeling and deliver it in a quieter form than, say, their sibling the Delirium Monumental Arc Ring.
To begin with my research was focussed on Egyptology, looking at amulets and talisman that brought power to their wearer. From this I moved onto perhaps the most important visual references for this collection – brutalist and monumentalist architecture. Water Towers have been a long-term obsession of mine and for this collection I was very much looking at the images of these structures taken by the photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher. I also studied the incredible communist constructions of Soviet Russia in the 1950’s, alongside the work of the architect Santiago Calatrava. These mammoth concrete structures give the sense of sheer force and power in sculpture that I was looking for.
This ring takes all this force and energy and distils it into a stackable band, the intensity of line and form is there, but at a smaller scale. The combination of the rings stacked in their varying colours of gold allows you as a wearer to create your own sculpture on the finger, or at least that is what I like to imagine you doing.