Money raised from sale of jewellery will be donated to fundraising.
Jewellery designer Jane Runchman has created a set of two one-off pendants to help raise money for the Hasting Pier & White Rock Trust (HPWRT).
Both pendants will be made in Runchman’s workshop in Hatton Garden using 18ct gold, diamonds, emeralds, rubellite and aquamarine. They have been inspired by the shape of Hasting’s Pier and the nearby St.Leonards Bathing Pool.
“I created the designs because, since moving to St.Leonards five years ago, I have become fascinated by the history of Hastings Pier and St.Leonards Bathing Pool as well loved landmarks in our local history,” explained Runchman.
“After interviewing people who used to use the bathing pool and overhearing many conversations after the fire on Hastings Pier last October, it was clear how well-loved both places were and how many fond memories they had created for those who were lucky enough to have used them,” she added.
The two pendants have been for sale for some time but are yet to sell. Presently the bathing-pool inspired pendant is being offered at a price of £2,750 despite having a retail value £3,600. Money raised from the sale of the piece will be donated to the HPWRT, while the Hastings Pier-inspired pendant will be auctioned by the trust at a later date.
Runchman has been designing and making bespoke jewellery for 16 years and used her architectural background to help design pendants. “The reason for donating the pieces to raise money for Hastings Pier is maybe because I grew up near to Southend-on-Sea and loved the experience of being on the pier.”
The designer says she would love to see Hastings pier open again, as she loved the experience of walking over the waves as a child.
The Hastings Pier pendant is crafted in 18ct yellow gold, diamonds, emeralds and rubellite, and is inspired by the oriental-style pavilion at the end of the pier.
The St.Leonards Bathing Pool pendant features a large aquamarine, diamonds and pearls set in 18ct white gold. The aquamarine baguette is suspended in the centre of an 18ct white gold frame, reminiscent of the water of the former lido, while the pendant is strung with pearls, a reminder of St.Leonards’ past prosperity.