You may remember, I finished the prototype just before the end of the year (see here). It is my client's birthday today so I know that I can reveal her locket here as she will probably be wearing it today!
|Locket for Rebecca by Cari-Jane Hakes, February 2014|
I love the conceptual associations of the pearl and the way that these wrap around the aphorism 'pearls of wisdom'. The way that an irritation, an impurity, an annoyance can be worked on to produce a thing of luminous beauty. It is how we gain our wisdom after all. Our trials and tribulations, the way in which we resolve the grit that is thrown our way, these become our pearls.
Can all of this be bound up in an inanimate piece of jewellery? Yes, I think so.