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Phototaxis

Phototaxis

An interest in storytelling informs this collection, which takes inspiration from British moths and, as the name of the collection suggests, their movement in response to light. The line seeks to capture the romance and sensitivity of Art Nouveau jewellery in striking, modern pieces. Jones’ background in handcraftsmanship is central - traditional glass enamelling is prominent, while golds are hand-painted so each inset diamond is paired tonally in a striking gradient. Subversion is handled with sensitivity - the Death’s-head hawkmoth, which features a skull-shaped mark on its thorax, is a Trojan horse within the collection.

Scarlet Tiger Moth Double Ring

Scarlet Tiger Moth Double Ring

$2,635

Emperor Moth Ring

Emperor Moth Ring

$6,100

Speckled Magpie Moth Bar Drop Earrings

Speckled Magpie Moth Bar Drop Earrings

$6,450

Tiger Moth Choker

Tiger Moth Choker

$15,500

Death's-Head Hawk Moth Choker

Death's-Head Hawk Moth Choker

$7,750

Crimson Speckled Moth Hoop Earrings

Crimson Speckled Moth Hoop Earrings

$3,250

Emperor Moth Cuff

Emperor Moth Cuff

$8,775

Speckled Magpie Moth Pendant

Speckled Magpie Moth Pendant

$3,645

Death's-Head Hawk Mini Moth Pendant

Death's-Head Hawk Mini Moth Pendant

$1,165

Crimson Speckled Moth Pendant

Crimson Speckled Moth Pendant

$1,295

Scarlet Tiger Moth Pendant

Scarlet Tiger Moth Pendant

$2,275

Crimson Speckled Moth Drop Earrings

Crimson Speckled Moth Drop Earrings

$2,095

I’m immensely proud to be leading the Astley Clarke creative team. The autumn / winter 2017 collections build on my history of combining modern and classical techniques in a way that is sensitive to the history of jewellery.
The possibilities of pleasure seemed that morning so enormous and so various that to have only a moth's part in life, and a day moth's at that, appeared a hard fate, and his zest in enjoying his meagre opportunities to the full, pathetic. He flew vigorously to one corner of his compartment, and, after waiting there a second, flew across to the other.
What remained for him but to fly to a third corner and then to a fourth? That was all he could do, in spite of the size of the downs, the width of the sky, the far-off smoke of houses, and the romantic voice, now and then, of a steamer out at sea. What he could do he did.
Phototaxis jewellery collage

Bec Astley Clarke’s grandfather, Sir Cyril, a geneticist, helped cure Rhesus disease affecting pregnant women through research into winged insects.

Touchingly, Georgia May Jagger, who models the collection on film, has benefitted from his research as her grandmother was a Rh-negative mother who needed his discovered treatment when having children.