‘Ethereal Rhapsody’ - Tahitian Pearl Trophy 2007 - 2008, 5th Edition - ‘The Song of the Stars’
45 lustrous multi-coloured Tahitian pearls (12.0-8.5mm), 9.24 Cts. of pavé set black diamonds, 3.70 Cts. of prong set white diamonds set in 886.50 grams of 18 K white gold. Pearls & Jewel: Baggins, Los Angeles, USA & Chodhari, Kobe, Japan. Photo: John Parrish
My inspiration for ‘Ethereal Rhapsody’ came from the Pleiades star clusters also know as Seven Sisters in the Greek mythology. The interplay of light, shadow and colour became imperative for me to accentuate the neckpiece's rhythmic, interconnected shapes, which serves to contrast them against the negative space that is always visible within and around the piece. It was a constant negotiation of form, movement, and space, something which I hoped will be evident when viewing this piece from different viewing angles. The neckpiece uses sophisticated internal spring-loaded mechanisms, which open and close this piece comfortably. The necklace is hinged for flexibility and follows the body contours elegantly.