Designer uses diamond dragging to engraved coins with Queen’s image.
Central Saint Martins’ graduate Pip Jolley has launched a Jubilee collection of jewellery in partnership with London-based tattoo artist Tracy Demetriou, after the pair met by chance last year.
Jolley, whose work featuring 1950s-style hair rollers transformed into wearable items of jewellery became one of the stand-out collections at New Designers in 2011, met Demetriou at the opening of a mutual friend’s tattoo shop, and – upon seeing one of Demetriou’s tattoo designs featuring the Queen – realised that the two should work together.
The new line features crown-adorned stacking rings with pearl wire shanks as well as multiple crown charm necklaces in silver, rhodium-plated silver and gold vermeil.
The collaboration with Demetriou extends to a collection of jewellery featuring her regal-inspired illustrations and includes a diamond-set gold coin jewellery collection, which retails upwards of £400.
The pieces are made using the diamond dragging technique, in which a diamond is used to etch the surface of the metal. The method was chosen because of its resemblance to tattooing.
Jolley said: “I think we both wanted to try something a bit different and document this amazing moment in history.
“I’m a massive fan of Tracy’s artwork and I wanted combine her beautiful drawings with a [the diamond dragging] technique that is actually quite fitting to the occasion.”
The jewellery will be sold in red velvet boxes with accompanying limited edition art prints of Demetriou’s drawings.
The duo are also said to be in talks with stockists at major department stores, and hopes to sell the designs until the end of 2012.