The concept of the Love Letter necklace is
routed in the history of its beginnings as a South African Zulu beadwork
necklace showing a token of affection, given to a prospective partner at the
start of a romance. As with new
love, the necklace begins its life bright and boastful, with declarations of
its value and promise expressed through the gold leaf which covers its beads.
Each ‘bead’ element is composed of varying combinations of woods and metals
whose true quality is concealed behind the thin metal leaf. In the
wearing of the necklace the layer of leaf wears off, leaving a trace of where
it has been on the clothes and body, to eventually reveal the material beneath.
The only memory of the initial precious layer will be trapped in the
intricately cut levels found in the surface of the metal and wood. Like fading
promises spoken at a start of a romance, some beads will reveal themselves to
be simple, some beautiful and some
unexpected. Only over time will their true colours be revealed.
listed as part of Sieraad Art Fairs, New Traditional Jewellery Competition