Creating a legacy piece for our client's wife's 60th birthday, we asked the client's family to share her most treasured items. We settled upon her wedding ring, which no longer fit, 3 nappy pins which she had retained since the infancy of her 3 children, a childhood autograph book containing messages from family members and her fathers wallet.
The ring was re-set within a glass ball to be worn as a pendant. Each half of the ball would act as a viewfinder lens through which to view miniature copper etchings of old family photographs stored within the wallet. Further etchings depicting the clients 60 years were embedded within the pendant and autograph book. The box was built from layered casts of the hands of the client's grandchildren. The box is intended as a legacy piece to tell the story of the client's life and to leave space for future generations to store their own treasured keepsakes.
The commission was a collaboration with the very talented Jessica de Lotz who was recently nominated as jewellery designer of the year in the 2012 UK Jewellery Awards. We had originally found Jessica at her St. Martins degree show where her work centered around creating wearable pieces, rich in narrative and nostalgia.