18ct Yellow Gold
IMPERIAL EAGLE LINK EARRINGS
The double-headed eagle is a strong design story throughout the collection Vincent, seen here in the form of an 18 carat gold pair of earrings. The collection draws inspiration from Imperial Russia, the double eagle motif being the mark of the family of Romanov – the last reigning Tsars.
Hannah has formed her own sculptural version of this inexorable symbol of power – hand carving these miniature earrings to communicate her vision, and the vision of the collection.
Please note that all Hannah Martin earrings are also available to purchase singly.
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18 Carat Yellow Gold
This earring is made from approximately 2.4 grams of solid 18 carat gold. Each earring is made by hand in our London workshops. It is fitted with an engineered 'alpha' fitting for maximum security whilst in ear.
Width (at widest point) 19mm.
Length (at longest point) 11.5mm.
Maximum thickness 2.5mm.
The eagle features strongly throughout the ‘Vincent’ collection, as a visual symbol for the narrative behind it.
The story of ‘Vincent’ is based on my imaginary muse - an incredibly suave, sophisticated and deadly dangerous Russian gangster, ruling London’s underworld with an iron fist, albeit a fist decorated with gold.
The eagle’s you see in this earring were originally inspired by the Romanov’s heraldic double-headed eagle. The Romanov’s were the last Tsars of Russia. During my research period I became fascinated by the family and their fate, as well as by other, more recent, elements of Russian visual history. I was looking at monumental Soviet Modernist architecture, Russian communist propaganda graphics and post-modern Russian art (Malevich in particular), amongst other things.
In my design development I combined the shape of the Romanov’s eagle with the brutalist lines of the architecture and graphics I had immersed myself in. I wanted an eagle that was sculptural, that had power, and that would act as a talisman for those who wore it. Hand-carving the form, I aimed to create the eagle in the most graphic way I could, but without losing a sense of volume and vitality.
In this earring, the double-headed eagle is suspended by a small ring, giving it movement whilst in the ear. The eagle’s heads meet at a point to create a ‘link’ – a continuous sculptural line running through the motif without a break.