I really like this idea that it reaches back in time thousands of years, and that the pieces will last thousands of years into the future. It’s kind of like non-linear.
It will last beyond its wearer. It’s meant to be worn everyday, and for you to embed your own meaning in it. And, touching on the materials again, 22 is a softer gold of course. And since this is handcrafted jewellery, it is not going to bend out of shape necessarily, but the surface, more so of rings than anything else, picks up knicks and knacks, and the beautiful matte finish wears away with time. I love that, and with each person who wears a piece, it turns into a more unique piece for the wearer.
It becomes part of the person who wears it?
Yeah, and we do offer restoration services, because some people prefer the matte look, but the intention is for it to change as you wear it.
I was reading about your Bulla pendants, and I really like this idea that there’s a grounding energy…
The Bulla pendants, that was our latest launch or chapter, in February. Those were designed or inspired by Bullas, which were worn as protective amulets of a sort. The history is interesting; it was given largely to young boys to wear as this protective measure, and you would wear it until you were a man. That is the most known historical story of them, but it was also given to animals in the same way, and women also wore them. But women would most often wear them in crescent shapes, which is not necessarily my aesthetics. But I just loved how gold dome surfaces, like Bullas, are very calming and I loved how there was this connection to how they were worn for this grounding, protective purpose.
And when we apply that to today, I guess it can give the same sense and feeling for anyone who wears it. That you take this idea and apply it to a modern piece of jewellery.
Yeah, for me, when I wear them, I like to wear them as a reminder for meditation and to take a moment, to care, and self-care. So that’s what I embed this meaning in. It could be anything. It could also be that someone gives it to you as a gift and it reminds you about personal connections and nourishing those connections in life. That was the intention, because it is a more simplistic design. I think it is really beautiful when you have pieces like that, to ornament them with meaning.
You mentioned it yourself, that you call it chapters more than collections. Does that tie into your ideas around what impact your production has on the planet and people for that matter?
Yeah, that’s one thing that is really important to us, our made-to-order approach. We do not have a large inventory of any item, because I think it is special to have something made for a client just with them and their intention for the wear in mind. We do take a lot of consideration into the wearability of the piece for that client, so I think with that care and attention, it really helps us minimise our footprint. Aside from the recycled gold that we work with, all of our gems that we source are responsible; so that means socially and also environmentally. Where we can, we like to use upcycled stones, and we use stones from antique pieces, or I will work with vendors who have parcels or stone batches from the 80s, and I try to shop from their older pieces. When we do work with newer materials, we like to ensure that the vendors are able to speak to where the materials are from, and where it is cut and just to make sure we are working with people who know the life of a piece. The whole footprint thing is very important, and I think it is very manageable for a small fine jeweler; there really is minimal waste. Any piece that doesn't work out in a collection or if we make a mistake, it is something that we can always re-cycle and it is regenerative in a way.