A Darker Aesthetic

Written by Tom Wilson on 17 December 2015

Recently there’s been a big trend for creating pieces with a darker aesthetic, not only for every day wear but more dramatic designs for special occasions, creating that darker look can be achieved in a number of ways

black rhodium chain

I handmade this unique suite of sterling silver dress jewellery from a damaged vintage chainmail handbag. The chainmail form of the silver is an extremely versatile material, and lends itself perfectly to the draping fabric like forms, and completely on trend with the gothic glam designs being shown by many designers this seasonAfter carefully hand working the chainmail we have applied a black rhodium plating, which we have polished back in areas to create a fading design, that highlights the crisp white glow of the silver against the almost gunmetal colour of the black rhodium. This suite would look fantastic with a black dress to create a very dramatic look!

Paul and Kylie visited me in the Cambridge studio to talk about a ring to celebrate the birth of their son. Kylie wanted a ring that looked aged, and that would contrast her sparkle diamond rings she already has. By using black rhodium again we created Kylie a contemporary mothers ring, with the name of her son and his birth date stamped around the outside of her ring. Our goldsmith Will created a beaten look that would hold the black rhodium in the recesses once satinised back.

You can also create a contemporary look but using a dramatic black stone as the central focus of an engagement ring or dress ring, this stunning art deco inspired ring has been given a modern look by pave setting brilliant cut white diamonds around a central asscher cut black diamond, black or grey star sapphires work beautifully too.  In the Cambridge studio we have some stunning grey diamonds that could be used in your own alternative design.