18ct Yellow Gold, Black Pearls
DOUBLE PEARL SHACKLE BRACELET
A double row of inky black pearls is clasped to the wrist with an unashamedly weighty gold shackle.
Subverting the pre-conceived ideas we hold of traditional pearls this bracelet is not for the faint at heart.
The sculpted shackle unscrews to release the pearls from the wrist. A strong yet elegant collector’s piece, with a fantastical hint of the forbidden within its forms.
Edition of 50
2 in stock
Solid 18 Carat Yellow Gold with Black Pearls.
This bracelet is made from 25 grams of 18 carat yellow gold. The black pearls are strung by hand on grey silk thread. The shackle was originally made by hand forging. Each bracelet is hand made and strung in London.
Pearl Length (while doubled): 18 cm
Pearl Size 9 - 10 mm. Shackle: 32mm x 22mm x 8mm (maximum dimensions).
This collection, ‘The Forgotten Treasures of the Infamous Aguila Dorada’, to give it it’s full name, grew from the idea of a sea-faring adventurer. A wild and reckless character who has spine-chilling stories to tell and dark secrets to keep. A character who is un-placeable, unpredictable, wise and ultimately seductive. It seemed only right, in a collection that draws its inspiration from sea-faring stories and untameable pirates, that pearls should play a major part in the pieces.
During my initial research stages I stumbled across a small Chandlery, down a somewhat unused alleyway in Central London. I became fascinated with the boat hardware on sale and came away with bags of shackles, ropes and other less identifiable kit (or at least unidentifiable to me). The shackle grew to be something of an obsession during the development of this collection. I loved the weight and the mechanical feel of them. The function also fascinated me – they work as a practical tool, but the connotations of restraint, capture and binding gave them an undertone that appealed. I started to explore what I could do with the forms, without losing the mechanism, to translate the idea into pieces of fine jewellery.I wanted to make the shackle form beautiful – to give it some sensuality and the volume that was important to me in this collection.
And once I started considering how to work a pearl bracelet into the collection the idea became clear: I wanted a pearl bracelet without the traditional connotations pearls often have. I wanted pearls with an element of danger. To quite literally shackle the pearls around the wrist seemed the perfect solution.
Working with the voluptuous shape of the pearls to inform the design for the clasp, the bracelet came to life.