18ct Yellow Gold, Black Pearls
DOUBLE PEARL SHACKLE NECKLACE
Subverting the myth of the traditional double-row pearl necklace, this design combines inky black pearls with a solid gold shackle clasp.
A strong statement to be worn either short, as a double row, or long, as a single row, the sculptural details of the shackle echo the rounded forms of the pearls in a discreet but elegant design detail.
Edition of 200
2 in stock
18 Carat Yellow Gold with Black Pearls.
This piece is made from 8.5 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 The shackle was originally made by hand forging metal. Each necklace is hand made in London.
Pearl Length (while doubled): 51 cm.
Pearl Size Approximately 6mm.
Shackle: 18mm x 14mm x 3mm at thickest point
‘The Forgotten Treasures of the Infamous Aguila Dorada’, to give the collection 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 necklace into the collection the idea became clear. I wanted a pearl necklace without the traditional connotations pearls often have. I wanted pearls with an element of danger. Quite literally shackling the pearls in place around the neck seemed the perfect solution.
The black pearls, combined with the rich yellow gold for me felt like the right colour palette to make the piece feel as if it could perhaps, once upon a time, have been part of a pirate treasure hoard. But then again, it could also be entirely modern. The ambiguity is what I feel adds the excitement to this necklace.