Thursday 3 August, 2017

The Ambassador Diamond Necklace revealed

Daphne Krinos has created a unique diamond-set necklace for the Modern Jewellery Collection.

The Goldsmiths’ Company awarded Daphne Krinos the commission after selecting her design as the winner of its Ambassador Diamond Necklace competition. The brief sought to stimulate advanced British jewellery design and the judging panel was asked to select a necklace design that 'radiates individual creativity, spontaneity, exemplary craftsmanship' and 'belongs to 2017 in the world of studio jewellery’.

Drawing on Daphne’s fascination and observations of cityscapes, the necklace comprises individually crafted sections in 18ct white gold, plated with black ruthenium and set with a variety of square, baguette and brilliant cut diamonds. The sculptural and architectural forms are lit up by the stones, like windows at night.

Daphne saw the commission as “the perfect opportunity to expand on a series of designs based on my observations of cities and the way some are developing so fast.  I tried to stay as true to the brief as I could: to design a large piece, that very much belongs to ‘now’, that is sculptural, modern, wearable, fashionable, and where the diamonds are the predominant part.”  

Commenting on the process of making the Ambassador Diamond Necklace, she added: “The way I design is a constantly evolving process…a culmination of visual research, taking photographs, notes, and sketching. I made the necklace entirely by hand, it was a long process, taking four months to complete. I chose white gold because I could expose areas under the plating that would show as white/ silver lines, which is in tune with the idea that this is inspired by a cityscape at night, and the reflections some lights create on different surfaces.”

Made with the support of Boodles, Daphne’s Ambassador Diamond Necklace now resides in the Company’s Modern Jewellery Collection. It will be on show at Goldsmiths’ Fair this autumn (26 September – 8 October 2017).

About Daphne Krinos

Fine jeweller Daphne Krinos is known is known for her bold and architectural designs.  Creating unique, one-off pieces entirely by hand, she works with gold, black oxidised silver and precious gemstones.

Originally from Greece, Daphne established her studio in London in the early 1980s. Her distinctive work has captured a broad and loyal following, from collectors to artists, architects and lawyers. Daphne’s pieces can be found in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Goldsmiths’ Company and the Crafts Council amongst many others.

Daphne’s sculptural jewellery is instantly recognisable, defined by bold use of colour, form, shape and texture. Graphic lines of black oxidised silver offset vivid translucent stones, dramatic articulated or layered compositions combine angular, geometric forms in a mixture of metals. Daphne’s playful character shines throughout the work; every piece displaying fresh ideas and exploring processes.

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