18ct Yellow Gold, Brown Diamonds
ROPE RING PAVÉ YELLOW
The Rope Ring is one of the most iconic designs from Aguila Dorada, Hannah’s collection of piratical tributes.
Painstakingly carved by hand, the sculptural form is both tactile and voluptuous. The sheen of the gold allows each tiny nuance of rope to be shown, with one of its braids subtly highlighted in cognac brown diamonds.
Edition of 35
18 Carat Yellow Gold with Brown Diamonds
This ring is made from 39.5 grams of 18 carat yellow gold and has an approximate 0.42 carats of cognac brown diamonds, pavé set. This ring was originally hand carved in wax and each piece is hand made and set in London. Dimension Details:
Maximum width 12mm, Maximum height above finger 11mm
Minimum band width (at back of ring) 3mm.
From the early beginnings of this collection, before I even got to designing any jewellery, I knew that big, unabashed, gold rings were going to be important.
The very seed of the idea for the narrative came from a conversation I had with a friend in which she told me a tale about an old archaeologist she had once met. He had a wonderfully weathered face, every line telling a story of his adventures across the world – and, most importantly, he wore a giant gold lion’s head ring. It was a little battered and beaten up, but mesmerizingly beautiful.
I couldn't get this image out of my head – the idea of man who has seen the world, a wild adventurer who is unpredictable, untameable, dangerous and ultimately seductive. And so ‘Aguila Dorada’ was born.
As my visual research developed I was referencing ancient piratical galleons, ship’s tackle and ancient treasure (amongst other things) alongside the work of photographers such as Sam Haskins and Mark Borthwick – the dreamy, mesmerising quality of their work seemed to underpin the story perfectly.
I wanted the pieces in this collection to feel dangerously romantic, in the truest sense. This rope ring has a voluptuous feel, and sensual curves, but rope and knots will always give the undertones of restraint, a juxtaposition I liked very much.
I wanted this ring to be un-placeable in time – has it been dug up from an ancient treasure hoard? Is it an antiquity or is it from the present day? The weight of gold is also very important – it has real substance on your finger – a treasure you can touch and feel as you wear it.