18ct White Gold, Sapphires, Amethyst, Diamonds
ORBIT ENLIGHTENMENT RING
The star of the show from Hannah’s hypnotic collection Solaris; the Orbit Enlightenment Ring is a true piece of collectible sculpture for the body.
The inspiration for this story blends Russian Art Deco with the calculus contraptions of the period of enlightenment and the sinister beauty of alchemy and time travel.
By contrasting intensely coloured stones and diamonds against pitch black rhodium mixed with white gold, Hannah achieves a mesmerising combination of colour and sculptural integrity within this one ring.
Edition of 30
18 carat white gold with sapphires, amethyst and carré cut diamonds with black rhodium.
The Orbit Enlightenment Ring is made from 30 grams of 18 carat white gold and contains approximately 3.6 carats of deep blue sapphires, 1.8 carats of deep purple amethyst and 1.11 carats of white diamonds. The sapphires and amethysts are square cut, white dimaonds are carré cut. The stones are channel set. Each ring is hand made and set in full in London.
‘Solaris’ is Series II taken from the collection ‘The Man Who Knows Everything’ and is a tale of an alchemist; A futurist shaman transcending centuries and cultures – a man beyond limits and beyond time.
The Orbit Enlightenment Ring is really the hero piece of this collection, and captures everything I was trying to say in this one piece of jewellery.
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. 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.
In ‘Solaris’ I was trying to capture this sense of mysterious timelessness, to create a world that this man-of-no-boundaries may inhabit. I was particularly interested in the period of Enlightenment – using many visual references of the alchemical contraptions invented during this time. It was a period that marked the beginnings of science as we know it now – but also a time when magic and science strongly overlapped.
Alongside the Enlightenment period, I was heavily influenced by the work of the photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher, the graphic art of Cassandre and very early space travel design. I wanted to create pieces in this collection that felt as if they were magical – constructed in ways that seem as if they shouldn't work.
This ring really takes the sense of ‘orbiting’, a strong theme throughout the collection, and applies it directly to the space around the finger. Concentric rings orbit around the finger, hovering inside each other. I was looking for volume and a sense of space, without heaviness.
I have a strong belief that jewellery should look just as beautiful off the body as it does on. This ring, when not being worn, can sit on a dressing table and look like a piece of sculpture in its own right