British fine jewellery designer, Stephen Einhorn, has created bespoke jewellery designs for Disney and Tim Burton’s recently released Dumbo film.
Einhorn was commissioned to create a key pendant neck necklace worn by Nico Parker’s character Milly Farrier and a face fob and handmade chain worn by Danny DeVito’s character Max Medici.
This is not the first time Einhorn has made creations for the big screen, or even Disney. But the designer remarks that the production team’s commitment to craftsmanship really stood out for him on this commission.
He shares: “What surprised me the most and what I find interesting about the films I have worked on, is the total commitment to really fine craftsmanship the films production team have towards the costumes and jewellery. It makes it a real pleasure for my team and I to be able to work on such interesting and imaginative projects. The jewellery designs they commission have exactly the same level of excellence as the bespoke pieces I make.”
The pendant created for Dumbo was a specific brief from the film’s property master David Balfour, who wanted a closely inspired design of an antique key that he had found as reference. The team made three of these for simultaneous shooting, body doubles and stunts.
For the face fob and handmade chain Einhorn had to make almost an exact replica of the face fob from a sculpt that David Balfour had made in his workshops. This was inspired by Georges Méliès film and famous special effects moon in – Le Voyage Dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon), from 1902.
To celebrate the release of Dumbo, Stephen Einhorn have made a short film about the making-of the designs, as well as the stories behind some of the pieces the company has created for other Hollywood blockbusters, including Snow White & The Huntsman, Dark Shadows, Maleficent and Cinderella.