18ct White Gold, Onyx, Emeralds
SOLARIS ONYX EMERALD STUD SINGLE
Taken from the collection Solaris, with mysticism, alchemy and the night sky as inspiration, this onyx and emerald stud earring plays on the contrast in colour between the inky-black of the rhodium finish, the jet-black onyx and the hallucinogenic green of the emeralds.
To be worn singly, or as a pair, this sculptural stud is a perfect flash of colour for day or night.
Please note that all Hannah Martin earrings are also available to purchase as a pair.
Edition of 150
8 in stock
Onyx and emeralds with 18 carat white gold and black rhodium.
Each stud earring is made from 1.9 grams of 18 carat white gold with approximately 0.21 carats of emeralds. The onyx bead is 7mm diameter. Each piece is painstakingly hand made in London.
‘Solaris’ is a collection that draws on alchemy, magick and the Enlightenment period. Initially inspired by my fascination with the infamous Comte de St Germain I built a tale in jewellery around this mystery figure.
The Comte himself was a man of unknown origins and unknown end. His death was reported countless times, but having allegedly discovered the elixir of life he always reappeared in another place, in another time, leading the writer Voltaire to describe him as ‘the man who knows everything and never dies’. I was transfixed.
My research, aside from reading endlessly about the Comte wherever I could, focussed on the alchemical contraptions designed and made during the period of Enlightenment, the work of photographers Bernd & Hilla Becher and the graphic art of the legendary Cassandre. I also immersed myself in the writings of Aleister Crowley, the films of Kenneth Anger, the work of Derek Jarman and the Russian Constructivists.
This stud earring is born from this body of reasearch. I wanted to create an earring that was suitably mysterious. The onyx sphere is held by an orbiting arc of gold, flowing out of the ear and around the stone. The subtle contrast in the jet black of the onyx and the gun metal black rhodium create a boundless back drop to the hallucinatory green of the emerald. Designed so the onyx hangs just below the ear lobe and makes full use of the 3-dimensionality of this space, this earring is a small but powerful tribute to the intoxicating power of The Man Who.