The Entomology Collection is intended to challenge the notions of what is beautiful and desirable with what is repulsive and feared. Insects are fascinating, they make up 80% of the species on Earth. There is a long history of insects being used in jewellery, their natural iridescent wing cases often being used as jewels. My degree in Classical Studies lead me to discover both Herodotus and Aristophanes referring to the old men of Athens wearing golden crickets in their hair. Insects also epitomize the mantra of ‘live fast, die young and leave a beautiful corpse’ as their exoskeletons remain and their soft ﬂesh decays within. I have taken creatures that are often hated and feared but once they are transformed into silver and gilded with gold plating and precious stones they become something beautiful.
This gorgeous Gilded Rhino Beetle with diamond-encrusted wing case is makes an intriguing pendant. This piece consists of a life-sized rhino beetle cast in Sterling Silver, highlighted with gold plating with garnets and tiny white diamonds.
24mm x 18mm x 9mm on an 18 inch chain.
Sterling Silver with gold plated parts, two garnets, seven diamonds.