18ct Yellow Gold
SOVIET FACET TINY TALISMAN
In this delicately sculpted talisman pendant, inspiration was taken from mid-century Soviet propaganda graphics and the monumental modernist architecture of the time.
The intricate detailing across the surface of the pendant contrasts with the clean lines and graphic sculpture of the form.
A sophisticated yet understated piece of jewellery that you will never want to take from around your neck.
Edition of 450
2 in stock
18 Carat Yellow Gold.
This pendant is made from 5 grams of 18 carat yellow gold. Each pendant is hand made in London.
Pendant: 19mm x 8mm x 6mm
Chain Length: 50 cm
Clasp Hoop: 9mm diameter
Clasp Spike: 15mm long
‘Vincent’ is a tale about a darkly suave, dangerously sophisticated Russian gangster – ruling London’s underworld with his enigmatic, fiery power. Vincent is an oligarch of the underground, the indisputable ruler of his own dark kingdom.
The inspirations for this collection, and the narrative that drives it, spanned across monumental Soviet Modernist architecture, Russian communist propaganda graphics and the story of the Romanov’s – the last Tsar’s of Russia. I was also referencing post-modern Russian artists, Malevich in particular, amongst others. David Cronenburg films (particularly ‘Eastern Promises’ and ‘A History of Violence’) and the work of the incredible film-maker Tarkovsky also had an important input.
The ‘facet’ motif appears throughout the collection, in many guises. Here in this pendant it is covered with radiating graphic lines – a nod to the melting pot of the architectural and graphic inspirations above. I wanted to represent the brutalist lines, and clean graphic forms – they have incredible understated power.
Part of this collection for me was about looking at the meaning of symbolism in jewellery. So often jewellery can be used as a symbol of heritage, of membership, of something that has been achieved, or agreed. The idea that pieces can have hidden meanings – known only to the wearer and their associates was enthralling for me. From the ever-intriguing Masonic brotherhood to Pauline Reage’s ‘The Story Of O’ there are countless instances of this kind of imbued meaning.
I like to imagine this little talisman takes on some of that power – what the meaning is, of course, is entirely up to you.