Radetsky Pendant from the Newfoundland collection by Romilly Saumarez Smith. At the heart of this piece is a metal plate sourced from a Lincolnshire blacksmith, and augmented with pearls and precious stones. This is a unique pieces of jewellery.Read More
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Romilly is unsure what the original metal plate would have been used for, yet it reminds her of fashions worn during the Hapsburg era in Vienna and Budapest. Mended with oxidised silver wire, this piece also incorporates two antique garnets set in 18 carat gold. Newfoundland is a collection about collections – a realisation that makes one rethink the title, breaking it up into syllables, separating the words: new found land. Anglo-Saxon finger rings, Mediaeval turret brooches, thimbles, shoe buckles, belt buckles, knife handles, nails, pins and spoons – have been made precious, be-jewelled with diamonds and seed pearls, embellished with gold, silver and coral and given new stories, made wearable.
Romilly Saumarez Smith began buying metal detecting finds from various sources about five years ago. These extraordinary remnants, buried and forgotten since Roman and mediaeval times, become part of the world again as jewellery, boxes and bespoke objects.
Width 40mm / 1.57 inches
19th-century decorative metal plate, Vintage Pearl necklace
18th-century garnets, 18 carat gold, oxidised silver
Blackish metal, dark red garnets, whitish pearls
Not suitable for heavy use
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