Australian sculptor and jeweller works with ethical gemstone producer.
Jordan Askill has created a striking collection of silver and ethically-sourced Zambian amethyst jewellery in collaboration with gemstone producer Gemfields.
This is Askill’s third collection of jewellery that explores the relationship between jewellery and sculpture, the latter being his foremost discipline.
Askill has explored raw amethyst crystals in the collection that will be launched for SS12, featuring a swallow motif designed using a combination of hand carving and digital technology.
Askill said: “I designed these pieces to reflect the strength and purity of the stone, working with Gemfields allows my process and final product to protect the environment and stay true to nature”.
The collection has been designed to look like a natural form of armour, with the swallows wrapping around the ears and neck in a flock decorated with the amethyst stones.
Askill has also created a sculpture of a female bust, designed to house the jewellery. The sculpture combines the bust of a female figure with a taxidermied swallow.
Last month Gemfields opened a London-based office, paving the way of designers and manufacturers to use ethically-sourced Zambian emeralds. The company also recently posted an eight-fold increase in profits this year.