When I came across the rectangle Landscape Jasper beads in Kyoto, I knew I had to get them. Each one of them is like a tiny ink painting - a universe upon itself. What do you see? Mountains, trees, running horses? The chemistry is even more exciting - the black pigment is Manganese that has crystallized out in microscopic grooves of the stone - so each one really is a unique chemical painting. Paired with Lava that I hand-gilded and the smoothest Russian Onyx and Brazilian Agates. For me, this time-less piece comes to life through the contrasting smooth and rough materials and its understated “architecture”, a fantastical 22k gold-plated hammered moon, a little “ink painting” set into a Sea of black stones. Using the same technique the painter Gustav Klimt used to create his unbelievable gold effects on his paintings, I used 24k gold-plated leaf to gild meek black lava beads, turning in one into a gilded lava bead resembling a world map of imaginary golden continents. No country has more design influence over me than Japan. The collective dedication of the Japanese people to making everything they touch beautiful really resonates with me. So, this necklace is an homage to the graceful Japanese people - may we all be more open to inviting understated beauty in whatever shape or form into our life.
Like all our pieces, it is handcrafted with love and care in our studio near Byron Bay. This eclectic limited-edition statement necklace is made from the following semi-precious stones and findings:
- Japanese Landscape Jasper from Kyoto
- Lava from Indonesia
- Onyx from Russia
- Agates from Brazil
- Tourmaline from India
- Howlite from Hong Kong
- 22k gold-plated pendant and beads from Istanbul
- Length: variable; can be extended from 31cm to 38cm
- 1/8 limited edition
The With Love from Kyoto Statement Necklace will be shipped beautifully gift-wrapped and ready as an exceptional gift for yourself or an unexpected gift for someone special. Weendeavour to make each piece as closely as possible to the one shown in the image. However, since we are working with natural stones, each piece is a little bit different and that's just the way we like it.