18ct White Gold,Sapphire, Emerald, Black Diamond
The Solaris collection is a story of alchemy, magik and hypnotic time-travel, blending Russian Art Deco references with the calculus contraptions of the period of enlightenment.
The Solaris Medallion is a classic example of Hannah’s signature sculpture for the body. Taking a classic jewellery concept and subverting it to become something modern and exciting – this medallion necklace enthralls and enraptures.
Vividly coloured stones and contrasting black diamonds are set within white gold, and framed with pitch black rhodium creating drama and finesse, bringing its wearer both power and strength.
Edition of 55
18 carat white gold, sapphires, emeralds and black diamonds with black rhodium.
The Solaris Medallion is made from 16 grams of 18 carat white gold and contains approximately 1 carat of dark blue sapphires, 1 carat of emeralds and 0.8 carats of black diamonds. Each necklace is made by hand in our London workshops.
‘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 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. His name is inexorably linked with alchemy and magick. 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.
With ‘Solaris’ I wanted to create a world that he could inhabit – a world without boundaries – timeless and unplaceable. My research began strongly rooted in the period of Enlightenment – a moment in time when science combined with magick. The alchemical contraptions created during this time are both beautiful and mystifying.
Alongside this I was also heavily influenced by the work of photographers Bernd & Hilla Becher and the graphic art of the legendary Cassandre. I 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 this medallion pendant to have a sense of sculpture, for the forms to take the sensations of the ‘orbit’ that is a strong theme throughout, and make it both 3-dimensional and mysterious. Revealing a flash of flesh through the centre adds a certain sensuality to the design.
The geometrical graphic element is counteracted by the fact that none of the lines are ever quite the same. The volumes and shapes change subtly across the piece, which I intended to create a sense of faintly uncanny mystery to the design – nothing is quite as it seems.
Mysterious, dark and sensual – this is my homage to the power of The Man Who.