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Introducing: The Jagger Earrings

Allison Asis

The one & only Jean Arp and his biomorphic work never ceases to amaze and attract my eye. When looking for reference points and inspiration for Cadette, I can't help but find myself constantly going back to both his sculptures & paintings.

'Trois Formes' (below) is one painting of his in particular that gives me this satisfaction whenever I return to it -- a feeling I get when I connect with a work come across a work that I connect with and can't help but be influenced by when designing  a new piece. This holds true to quite a few pieces in the line now.

From Trois Formes' unique trio of shapes that flow together fluidly, to the warm palette contrasted with the single black form; everything within its composition, to me, is really beautiful. 

I eventually decided to focus on one shape for this design, and create a pair of statement-like, drop earrings. I honed in on the top mauve-hued shape, and that is essentially how the Jagger earrings came to be. This would be Cadette's first pair of drop earrings, and just in time for Summer.  The Jagger earrings would pair perfectly with a light slip dress (my Summer uniform, lol), or denim shorts and worn-in T.  

The following are just a few photos I took during my fabrication process (most were just taken with my phone!). Starting with the sawed out jagged-edged shapes, to post-tumbler which gets the pieces clean, smooth, shiny & up to par. I hope you see that love & diligence that goes into every Cadette piece!

Jean Arp; 'Trois Formes', 1965

Jean Arp; 'Trois Formes', 1965

Shapes sawed out from sterling silver sheet metal, still rough & jagged.

Shapes sawed out from sterling silver sheet metal, still rough & jagged.

Edges were filed down, a hole drilled in each, and I tested out the drop-factor. 

Edges were filed down, a hole drilled in each, and I tested out the drop-factor. 

Polishing with radial discs, my favourite.

Polishing with radial discs, my favourite.

The Jagger earrings, along with several other pieces I was working on that day, fresh & shiny out of the tumbler!

The Jagger earrings, along with several other pieces I was working on that day, fresh & shiny out of the tumbler!

Almost ready for the final step.

Almost ready for the final step.

And voilà, the completed pair of Jagger earrings!

And voilà, the completed pair of Jagger earrings!

The Jagger earrings are now available here.

The Jagger earrings are now available here.