18ct Rose Gold, Sapphires & Rubies
EUPHORIA OF LIGHTS: THE COMTE’S PYRAMID RING
Euphoric, blinding lights were behind the inspiration for this – the hero piece of the Shaman’s Triangle series. The ancient symbol of esoteric power has been finely mutated into an iconic piece of sculpture.
Inspired by the legend of the infamous Comte St Germain, Hannah turned to masonic symbolry and the mysteries of alchemy to draw from in these designs.
Intensely coloured stones are set into this ring to hallucinogenic effect, creating the feeling of neon lights, against their black rhodium backdrop.
The ring is designed to be equally gratifying when sitting on a mantelpiece, as when sitting on a finger.
Edition of 35
18 Carat Rose Gold with Orange Sapphires, Magenta Sapphires, and Rubies.
This ring is made from 30 grams of solid 18 carat rose gold. The piece contains 1.3 carats of rubies, 1.3 carats of orange sapphires and 1.3 carats of magenta sapphires. All stones are princess cut and channel set. Each ring is made and set by hand in London.
Height of ring from tip of bottom point to top plane: 33 mm
Top Triangle Size: 42 x 42 x 42 mm.
This ring, for me, is the hero of this collection and one of my true icons.
‘The Shaman’s Triangle’ series (part of the larger collection ‘The Man Who Knows Everything) is a tale of an alchemist; A futurist shaman transcending centuries and cultures – a man beyond limits and beyond time.
The story began for me many years ago when I first read about the infamous Comte de St Germain. I became mildly obsessed and was just waiting for the right time to include him in my work. The Comte was a man of unknown origins and unknown end. His death was reported countless times, yet always he would reappear, in another place and another time. He was impeccably dressed, understated apart from the vivid jewels that he wore on his hands, in his shoe buckles and carried with him in his travelling case. Voltaire described him as ‘the man who knows everything and never dies’. The lover of princesses and muse to the likes of Pushkin and Voltaire, you can understand how I was hooked.
I wanted to create pieces of jewellery that reflected this alchemy and mysticism but that had a certain strength and power. I envisaged a collection drenched in blinding lights – hyper-real, euphoric and fevered.
The triangle was an important shape from the outset. My research centred on alchemy, paganism and the occult. I have always been fascinated with Masonic insignia and legend - the idea of a fraternity, a brotherhood, known only to a few. I also immersed myself in the writings of Aleister Crowley, the films of Kenneth Anger, the work of Derek Jarman and the Russian Constructivists. Luc Besson’s ‘Fifth Element’ featured heavily, as did Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel ‘The Master & Margerita’. I wanted my triangular forms to have a certain sensual sculpture however – they needed to come to life. I have a belief that jewellery should look as good off the body as it does on – it is, after all, a miniature piece of sculpture.
This ring is the embodiment of all this. The colours clash and dance as you look at them. The ring itself defies logic – is it a pyramid? Is it a ring? It looks beautiful on your mantelpiece, and works perfectly when slipped onto the hand. For me, this ring is the very essence of the myth that is The Man Who.