Modern Jewel Brooch - Dennis Heyderman

Inspiration details:

Bejewelled Treasures, The Al Thani Collection’ exhibition at the V&A 21 November 2015 - 10 April 2016. This exhibition showcased over one hundred exceptional jewels, jewelled artefacts and jades from the Al Thani Collection.

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Artist Statement

Dennis Heyderman

In January I saw ‘Bejewelled Treasures, The Al Thani Collection’ and was fascinated by the turban ornaments, pendants and brooches, made by famous companies such as Fabergé and Cartier. Several had a central carved emerald, surrounded by diamond-set ornamental frames.

My inspiration was taken from the hexagonal carved emerald of the Parure Bérénice, which had originally been the centrepiece of a necklace. It was first exhibited at the Paris Exposition of 1925, where the term Art Deco was coined. In the subdued lighting of the exhibition, it reminded me uncannily of a piece of electronic circuitry.

For my entry, I have made a brooch in art deco style, using square silver wire with bevelled edges, joined to create decorative grooves. The centre is filled with a rectangle of green circuit board: a highly prized contemporary gem. To add sparkle I have added some small, randomly placed chrystal chatons and protected it with a Perspex cover.

It is quite a heavy piece, so I have provided double pins of stainless steel, with an improvised catch and hinge.

Modern Jewel Brooch - Dennis Heyderman

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Inspiration details:

Bejewelled Treasures, The Al Thani Collection’ exhibition at the V&A 21 November 2015 - 10 April 2016. This exhibition showcased over one hundred exceptional jewels, jewelled artefacts and jades from the Al Thani Collection.

V&A collection reference number(s):
'N/A'

2015 Exhibition Guide

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