2022 - 18ct recycled yellow gold with a gradient of natural brilliant cut diamonds.
Pendant & handmade chain.
Unique within the series
My ‘Ruin-Lust’ works explore the allure and fascination of ruins. Recalling lost civilisations, and certain demise of our own. The also give rise to dreams of futures born from desctruction and decay.
Many of the surviving artefacts from ancient Rome and Greece are no longer intact. Sculpted images, for example, are missing limbs or facial features. These losses reflect their personal history. They are also an intrinsic part of their beauty and continuing appeal. The slow picturesque decay and abrupt apocalypse ruins are both captivating and beguiling. This piece in particular is celebrating breakages, failures, scars and stress lines. These works survived centuries, broken, missing parts, and yet they retained their enigmatic presence. Their breakages somehow make them even more beautiful.
Demeter (Ceres), the green goddess of plants and fruits, agriculture and fertility. ‘Rich-haired Demeter…lady of the golden sword and glorious fruits (Homeric hymn to Demeter). Demeter is a very old goddess, who’s name means ‘earth-mother’. Perhaps the most famous of Myths associated to her is that of her searching for her daughter Persephone, who was abducted by Hades. The adduction also revealed the power of Demeter. Demeter Threatening to permit nothing to grow on earth, and for mankind to perish, forced Zeus to negotiate the release of Persephone. However, Hades reluctant to let go of anyone who enters the dark relm, let alone is beautiful wife, he tricks Persephone into eating some pomegranate seeds. This ties Persephone to be doomed to stay in the underworld. Eventually a deal is brokered that Persephone would stay with Hades for part of the year, and in spring would rejoin her mother on the earth above.’