It was a time of dangerous sea-bound voyages, where men would leave the comfort of home to embark on great adventures in an attempt to quench their thirst to discover new worlds and the treasures they held.
Launching this month, For King And Country – the latest fine jewellery collection from Tessa Packard London – draws inspiration from this swashbuckling age. It takes into account man’s motivation behind their decision to leave home; was it for King and country, wealth and power or simply a fascination for the unknown and a desire for adventure?
The collection has an elegant and monochromatic aesthetic, antiquated in look and in keeping with the subject matter and period of history from which it originates. Nautical instruments - such as the compass and sextet – play alongside symbols of the northern star and lunar cycle – the essential landmarks of navigating the seas at the time – to form truly unique and richly narrated pieces of fine jewellery. The contemporary design and modern touch is however apparent throughout, resulting in a unique offering which is very much in keeping with the brand to date.
Black and white south sea pearls feature heavily, marking a first for the brand and as a nod to the quest for bounty and the trade routes established from the Age of Discovery. Diamond-capped stones representing the stars and phases of the moon bring a touch of symmetrical flair and mesmerising modernity to the collection, whilst lines and shapes evocative of circumnavigation and round-the-world exploration bring softness and delicacy to the forms.
Notable pieces include one-of-a-kind, opera length necklaces, heavy-set in pearls and semi-precious stones; a cocktail ring in carved crystal and gold, pave-set with diamonds; playful, drop earrings with interchangeable parts; mother-of-pearl moon cufflinks; and a dramatic suite of jewellery encompassing all elements of the collection – from the swirling momentum of the cosmos to the architecture of the sea-bound skies.
A final touch is the inclusion of a bespoke moving pendant, available in rhyolite or lapice lazuli, whose mottled green and vivid blue perfectly represent the earth and oceans. A gold cage in the shape of the continents will encase the globe, which will spin on its axis accordingly. The pendants talismanic properties are further enhanced with a unique customisation element – in that the wearer can have a diamond inserted onto a part of the world that means something special to them.