Fossilised Coral and Bronze Necklace
Large slices of UK fossilised coral are knotted together with a hand carved bronze bead that imitates the texture of the coral. Fastened with a handmade T-bar clasp, and measures 26 inches long. Made specially for the Poetry in Ocean showcase and inspired by an extract from Louise Walker's poem Shingle:
"so sit a while, dig in,
pick up tiny terracotta
gods and grey stone tears,
sift flint skulls
through idle fingers.
With hands busy, mind stills,
of soft swell, milky sky,
the distant smudge of land."
From the buried treasures of Pompeii to jewels found in meteorites and asteroids falling to earth over millennia; Jade Mellor wants to evoke the feeling of uncovering gems that have practically become part of the landscape through the wearing of time but originate from another world or civilisation.
The techniques she continues to develop push this medium and her further research into natural history, ancient civilisation and passion for nature's jewels result in exciting colours and textures in processes inspired by fossilisation and mineral structures.
To look after your jewellery we recommend it must not be worn in the bath, shower or whilst swimming and we advise any perfume or hairspray is to be applied before putting on your jewellery to avoid contact with chemicals and cosmetics. Please remove your jewellery before engaging in practical activities such as sport.
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