18ct White Gold, Sapphires, Emeralds, Black Diamonds
SOLARIS SOVEREIGN RING
The Solaris Sovereign is a classic example of Hannah’s signature sculpture for the body.
The inspiration for the Solaris story blends Russian Art Deco with the calculus contraptions of the period of enlightenment, as well as the dark beauty of alchemy and time travel.
Vividly coloured stones and contrasting black diamonds are set within white gold, and framed with pitch black rhodium creating both drama and finesse.
Powerful, intriguing and endlessly fascinating, the Solaris Sovereign is the ideal head-turning piece for the serious collector.
Edition of 45
18 carat white gold, sapphires, emeralds and black diamonds with black rhodium.
The Solaris Sovereign Ring is made from 30 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 ring is made fully by hand in London.
The Solaris Sovereign is one of the key pieces from this collection, and a real icon piece for me generally.
‘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 ring 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 part of the finger through the ring, where traditionally would be held a sovereign or a stone, 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 ring, 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.