People used to believe that pearls were the tears of heaven - the story goes that at night oysters would come to the surface of the sea to recieve the tears and nuture them into beautiful pearls. This is why they have long been a symbol of purity, peace and virtue and also why they have been associated with weddings and royality.
RAIN ON THE SEA
‘Tears of heaven’ falling into the waves - this was the inspiration for the ring in my ODYSSEY collection. Capturing the moment when the tear of heaven is recieved by the oyster in the waves.
MOONLIGHT ON THE WAVES
The story takes place at night and I have a bit of a facination with the way the light dances on the crests of waves, be it sunlight or moonlight. Therefore the edges of all the pieces are set with tiny diamonds in a pattern that evokes the sparkle of moonlight on water.
The primary form of my ODYSSEY necklace which is also informed by an oyster with the pearl nestled safely at its centre.
The way the two sides of the necklace interwine into the petals of the calla lily is infused with the beautiful curls of rolling waves.
The shape of each ‘tributary’ of my ODYSSEY necklace is styled on a river winding it’s way down a mountain side to the sea. In this picture the wearer’s neck is the mountain.
The form of the earring is informed by a tear of heaven (or as most of us now refer to them; a raindrop) and the calla lily petal.
The calla lily has the polymorph of an oyster - carefully nuturing the tear of heaven into a pearl.
The wearer plays a key roll in the story - their neck is the mountain side and shoulders the landscape around while the river of my ODYSSEY necklace winds around it like a mountain river.
RAIN AT SEA
The origin of the pearls; rainclouds. My ODYSSEY earrings drop from the wearer’s ears as the rain does from the clouds, beginning the story.