2019 – 18ct yellow Gold. HDW 27 x 22 x 33 mm
Queen Nanny, a Ghanaian African woman (of the Asante people), born around 1685, was enslaved and brought to Jamaica to work on the sugar plantations. She escaped the British colonists and moved groups of people into the mountains. Nanny is known for her outstanding leadership skills, intelligence, strength of human spirit and ability in psychological and guerilla warfare.
This small Island owes much of it wealth to the countries it colonized. Billions were made from the sugar trade. London became the amazing city it is because of the multicultural wealth of the people who made it. Take the ‘Tate’ which comes from Tate & Lyle sugar. Think about tea, something quintessentially associated to ‘British-ness’ yet no tea was ever grown in England (e.g. Yorkshire Gold).
Queen Nanny’s portrait is now on the Jamaican $500. In this ring, Queen Nanny is made of metal, gold, one of the materials we associate most to wealth, and a material whose history and social significance is as deep as the earth it was dug from.