Title: Japanese Anemone - Brooch
Brooch + Display Cabinet / Objet d’Art
One of a Kind
Materials: Hand carved Mother of Pearl Shell (yellow-lip), 18ct Yellow Gold, Sterling Silver, Green Moonstone, Ethiopian Opal (x2) , Citrine (x1)
Brooch: H75 x W77 mm
Oak display cabinet: H150 x W170 x 55mm
The Japanese Anemone - Brooch is the largest of the Blossom brooches I have made to date, which has a beautiful natural flow to it's form. This brooch merges sculpture, jewellery and art objects into one and is a real show stopper when worn.
This special brooch comes with a custom built display cabinet to allow this piece to be admired as a piece of art when not being worn.
The main body of this brooch is carved from Mother of Pearl Shell (yellow-lip). This is a time consuming process of working with both wet and dry machinery and hand tools. Picking the right shell to use is also important, as it needs to be thick enough to allow me to carve the organic forms of each petal and give the illusion of the petals overlapping.
The centre of the flower features a Green Moonstone set into a 18ct Yellow Gold setting which gives a striking backdrop for this stone. Each of the Stamens have been crafted individually from 18ct yellow gold wire. I have hand crafted the backing plate from Blackened Sterling Silver which is in the form of a quatrefoil (simplistic 4 petal flower form). There are x3 stones representing dew drops on the petals. These have also been set in 18ct yellow gold which adds to the luscious colour palette of this piece.
Inscribed into the backing plate is the name of this flower, Japanese Anemone.
This piece has a special feature of 18ct Yellow Gold set into the crevices of an area of the shell which may have been eaten away or is a natural flaw in the growth of the shell. Inspired by the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with gold, Kintsugi – ‘the beauty of imperfections’, I have chosen to highlight this flaw by filling it with gold.
The display cabinet is crafted in Oak with a black finish and comes with a wall mount. The cabinet can be opened from the side of the frame which allows easy access to the brooch when desired to be worn.
This work combines many hand skills which I have learnt over the years and I have hand crafted this piece from start to finish. This brooch is one of a kind.
Please note this is a large, dramatic brooch with a certain weight to it. This brooch has been designed to wear on a sturdy fabric such as a jacket and is not as well suited to be worn on fine, free flowing fabrics.
Includes a Steph Lusted Jewellery printed gift box