Blue Pulse necklace
I was transfixed by the way the light travels through the rough cut blue topaz stones. It catches in the fissures and bounces through angles and across planes. This interaction has been the guide for the necklaces, using one uniquely fissured stone in each. It has been fascinating to enter new territory and work with new people and new skills.
CATHERINE YASS (b. 1963, London) trained at the Slade School of Art, London; the Hochschule der Kunst, Berlin; and Goldsmiths College, London. In 2002, Yass was shortlisted for the Turner Prize.
Our vision is to work with aspiring/talented artists encouraging them to explore new boundaries between art and jewellery
Stones against Diamonds
My most recent series of work, Stones against Diamonds, is a poetic meditation on the oeuvre of the Italian-born Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi. In a letter to her husband Pietro Bo Bardi, she recollects some of her childhood memories and explains how her love for semi-previous stones developed from a habit of gathering things and that her first “great passion was a blue cameo that shone like dusk.”
Stones against Diamonds was shot in Iceland’s ice caves as part of the Vatnajokull Glacier. Inspired by the textures and colours I found there, I decided to create a collection of jewellery that mirrors the features of the very environment nature’s architect.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”
― Helen Keller
The topaz stones used are set in two different designs of organic and embossed textures, echoing the dialogue of textures also found in my film Stones against Diamonds.
ISAAC JULIEN (b. 1960, London) is a Turner prize nominated artist, photographer and filmmaker. He has pioneered a form of multi-screen installations, including light-boxes and photographc works with the Western Union. Julien participated in the 56th Biennale di Venezia (2015).
The Pimple Ring is a cocktail ring, a jewellery category that originated in the 1920s relating to the prohibition. The idea behind the design was to shape large topaz stones into the perfect spheres only to interrupt the colour, surface and shape of the topaz by a cheeky amethyst growth.
NICOLE WERMERS (b. 1971, Germany) gradiated from Hochschule fur bildende Kunste, Hamburg, Germany before completing her MA in Fine Art at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London in 1999. She was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2015.