This year's collection is called Fortuna, after the Roman Goddess of Luck – all luck, bad as well as good!
This led me to think about the relationship between good and bad and light and shade – Chiaroscuro, the effect of contrasted light and shadow, as perfected by the masters of the Italian renaissance.
In short we need both to appreciate each.
Francis Bacon said ”In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.”
Or, as the contemporary Turkish poet and playwright Mehmet Murat Ildan put it, “It is only where the light and shadow meet, we can see the beauty of both the light and the shadow!”
The first piece of the Fortuna collection to illustrate this is the “tear-hug” bangle. It starts as a tear and becomes a hug.
Brexit, Trump, lone wolf killings, hurricanes and wild fires make the world seem a dark place at times, but in some ways they only serve to highlight the good and magic in humanity. There are small and large examples of light all around us.
The central stone in “Rotum Fortuna” is a black star sapphire. It needs its darkness to show off its star. The black gold setting in “Shepherd’s Delight” makes the pink sapphires and diamond shine so much more brightly.
“Though the day is bright, the stars can only shine in the dark night” as the Victorian poet and pupil of Dickens, Adelaide A Proctor, said.
To use a slightly more recent quote, as Don Henley sang “Sometimes you get the best light from a burning bridge.”